Monday, February 20, 2012

Homemade Beignets

The beignet (ben_YAY) became Louisiana's state doughnut in 1986. If you have ever been to New Orleans you probably stopped by Cafe Du Monde, which is one of NOLA's star attractions. It is a 24 hour French Quarter cafe that serves only two items; chicory-infused coffee, and beignets. I have never been to New Orleans myself, but having married into a cajun family.. I consider myself fairly knowledgeable to their traditions. I have been told that many NOLA natives use refrigerated biscuits to make beignets, so I decided to try it for myself. My son and I were amazed at how well they turned out. They will literally melt in your mouth, folks! Delicious goodness at its best!!  We both ended up covered in powdered sugar, and it was fun to start our own Mardi Gras tradition with homemade beignets.
  • 1 can refrigerated biscuits
  • Vegetable oil
  • Powdered sugar
You will want to use regular style biscuits..not the layered, flaky biscuits. I used Pillsbury Grands Homestyle Original Big biscuits.

Separate biscuits, and cut into thirds.
Pour oil about 2 inches deep into your skillet. Heat the oil on a med-high. Once your oil is hot and ready you may now fry the biscuit pieces in batches.. about 2 minutes on each side or until golden.

Sometimes you will find that they roll over on their own when they are browned on one side.  Once finished set the biscuits on some paper towels to soak some of the grease.  I find it best to place a few layers of paper towels on my cooling rack.  Generously dust with powdered sugar. Serve immediately. 

After 10 minutes or less you have a generous batch of your own homemade beignets. I can't wait for you to try this at home.   These are so quick, easy and FUN to make..not to mention just in time for your own Mardi Gras matter where you are.

As always, thank you for your comments.



  1. I'm all over these this weekend!

  2. Yummmm...I want to try these tonight! :)

  3. This is similar to how thai donuts are made! If you cut the biscuits into smaller pieces. Instead of powdered sugar dip them into some condensed milk.... Delicious!

  4. Ooooooh, what a great idea for making Beignets!! Had I kown about it, we would have made them for our brunch. Although, we are right down the street from Cafe du Monde!!!!!!!