Sunday, February 27, 2011

1st Post EVER

For a few years I have been following blogs. It started with baking blogs, and has now moved onto crafty blogs and mommy blogs. I have been fasinated with them. I love seeing into other people's lives. So I finally decided to make my own.

First I better tell you about myself. I live in a tiny town in Washington State, where yes it rains but not as much as you may think. I am nearing the age of 30. I have been with my husband for 10 years, and married for 6 of them. We have a son who just turned 1 on Feb 3rd. He is the most incredible, adorable and fascinating creature I have ever seen. He is also the most frustrating. He seems to have gotten my personality, which is a great one, but two stubborn people together is a lot of work!

Today I decided I wanted to make New Orleans Beignets. So far they look delicious, but they are still rising. While trying to make these, I noticed that ALL of my baking tools have been stolen out of the drawer. They are strewn all thru the house, mostly in toy bins. Although I did find my rolling pin underneath the couch. The cutest little thief has been hiding them from me. Although it was frustrating at the time to look for the things I needed, its funny that he likes playing with my cooking things instead of his toys.

Well now that i have introduced myself and gotten that all out of the way I can show off the Beignets!

They were pretty easy to make, and SUPER good! I made some with cinnamon sugar and some with powdered sugar.
(Sorry about the pictures, I am still learning)


I had found the recipe at http://themerlinmenu.blogspot.com/2009/09/new-orleans-beignets.html
(recipe from The Merlin Menu)

Ingredients and Method:

3/4 cup water, very warm, not hot
1/4 cup sugar
1 envelope dry yeast
1 egg, beaten
3 tablespoons shortening or butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups of flour
1/2 cup evaporated milk
oil for frying (vegetable or peanut oil, preferably)
powdered sugar (about 1 cup)

In a bowl or mixer with dough hook, add sugar, yeast and warm water. Stir briefly to mix, and let sit while it proofs and becomes foamy. (this means the yeast is good)

Add two cups of flour, salt, evaporated milk, salt, and beaten egg and mix well, scraping the sides of the bowl to incorporate all the flour.

Mix in shortening or butter.

Add balance of flour and mix until sticky dough forms into a ball. Add additional flour, if needed, in 1/4 cups increments.
Transfer dough to floured board and knead briefly and form into ball. (I usually let the dough hook knead the dough for about 5 minutes which greatly decreases the time hand-kneading is required)

Transfer to greased bowl, and turn over. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for an hour. (Or overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning let dough come to room temperature)

Roll out dough to about 1 inch thickness, and slice dough into two inch squares, or triangular shapes. Cover with plastic wrap in place and let rise again for one hour.

Heat oil in a skillet to 375 degrees. Fry a few beignets at a time in the oil, turning once when browned on one side. It should take approximately 4 minutes per side. You should tend to the frying closely as they will cook really quickly. Move to paper towels and drain well.

Place on plate and sprinkle LIBERALLY with powdered sugar.

Really good recipe! I really enjoyed the ones with cinnamon and sugar more than the powdered sugar :) Hope you get to enjoy some!