• Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 2 hours,15 min
  • Total Time: 2 hours,45 min
  • Makes: 6 servings

Big-Easy Beignets


  • 1 1⁄2 cup Warm water (105° to 115°),divided
  • 1⁄2 cup Granulated sugar,divided
  • 1 (1/4 oz.) envelope Active dry yeast
  • 1⁄4 cup Trans fat-free soybean oil-based shortening
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Evaporated milk
  • 2 Large eggs,beaten
  • 7 1⁄2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 6 cups Soybean oil (for deep frying)
  • 3 cups Powdered sugar,sifted

Instructions for Big-Easy Beignets

Combine a ½ cup of warm water (between 105°F to 115°F) and 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar in a small bowl.Sprinkle with yeast;let stand for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile,microwave the remaining 1 cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl for 1 to 2 minutes until boiling.Combine shortening,remaining sugar and salt in a large bowl.Add hot water and evaporated milk;beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined.Stir in yeast mixture and eggs.

Reduce the mixer speed to low;gradually add flour,mixing until dough forms a ball.Transfer to a lightly greased bowl and flip to grease top.Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface;roll to ¼-inch thickness.Cut the dough into 2-inch squares.

Preheat soybean oil to 375°F in a heavy frying pan or small deep fryer.

Fry the beignets in batches for about 1 minute on each side.Repeat with the remaining dough squares.Drain on paper towels.Dust immediately with powdered sugar.

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