I am Pennsylvania Dutch and on Fat Tuesday we usually eat Fasnachts on Fat or Shrove Tuesday. However, since I live in the South and not a big fan of Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, I decided to dive in and make some Beignets.
These Beignets are very easy to make and fry beautifully. I made them the day before, reheated in the oven for 20 minutes and sprinkled with confectionary sugar before serving. I also made them a little smaller, then suggested. Served with Hot Chocolate. They are delicious.
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2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 c. evaporated milk
7 to 8 cups AP Flour
¼ cup of shortening
1 quart of vegetable oil for frying
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
· In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water.
· Add sugar, salt, eggs, evaporated milk, and blend well.
· Mix in 4 cups of the flour and beat until smooth.
· Add the shortening, and then the remaining 3 cups of flour.
· Cover and chill for at least an hour but up to 24 hours.
· Roll out dough 1/8 inch thick.
· Cut into 2 1/2 inch squares.
· Fry in 360 degree F (180 degrees C) hot oil. If beignets do not pop up, oil is not hot enough.
· Drain onto paper towels.
· Shake confectioners' sugar on hot beignets. Serve warm.