Okay so before I present to you this delicious beignets, I’m going to do something shameless.
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Well, now that’s over, let’s talk beignets!
This weeks Sunday supper theme is Mardi Gras.
That’s all well and good, except I had no idea what Mardi Gras is, and especially no idea what to cook for it.
So I set to Pinterest, and beignets seemed to pretty darn popular.
So beignets it is!
The thing is, in England we celebrate Shrove Tuesday (the day before lent), with pancake day. Pancake day at university means making pancakes and eating them all day, with golden syrup, or nutella, or chocolate or EVERYTHING.
If I made fried donuts as well, my arteries would give in. I thought i’d try and make beignets a little healthier, and bake them.
I wasn’t disappointed.
They were really tasty and so easy despite having yeast in, so don’t be scared.
I thought they might not be sweet enough or that I might have messed with the consistencies by adding coconut (I just felt like it), but after a dusting of icing sugar they were perfect.
Just make sure you have a house full of hungry people to help you eat them. They may be healthier, but they’re certainly not healthy.
Of course if you do make too many, you can always make them into something that’s maybe even more wonderful.
White chocolate and coconut beignet bread and butter pudding. I made it with my leftover beignets and was so excited about it, I posted it on the blog on Friday.
Nom nom nom.
Doesn’t that look tasty? It was tasty.
So all in all, you should probably make these.
- 60ml warm water
- 1 packet active dry yeast
- 400g plain flour
- 1 1/2tsp baking powder
- 1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 60g caster sugar
- 75g desiccated coconut
- 75g butter (cut into small chunks)
- 1 egg
- 180ml buttermilk
- Combine the yeast, warm water and a pinch of the sugar in a jug and set aside until foamy.
- Combine the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, coconut and sugar in a large bowl. Using your fingers work in the butter until the mixture looks like bread crumbs.
- Mix together the egg and the buttermilk and add in the yeast mixture. Stir together with the flour mixture to form a soft dough and then continue to knead (until dough becomes smooth and elastic. If doing this by hand make sure it's on a lightly floured surface.
- Lightly oil a large bowl and place you ball of dough in it. Cover with clingfilm and let rest for 15 minutes in a warm place.
- Roll out dough into a large rectangle or square on a floured surface until about 1 inch thick. Ct into 14-16 squares.
- Place the squares on a lined baking sheet and cover with cling film.
- Let rise for 45 minutes in a warm place.
- Preheat oven to 190C degrees.
- Bake the beignets for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden.
- Dust with powdered sugar.
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