Thursday, May 13, 2010

Man Catchin' Beignets

The girls and I really love the show "The Princess and the Frog". In it, Tiana makes some "man-catchin' beignets." We thought we'd try it out. (This recipe makes a LOT. We had to take some to two different neighbors and still had way too many to eat ourselves. I'd cut it in half or even third if I do it again.)

1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
1/2 cup sugar
1 packet yeast

Mix together and let rise for 10 minutes.

In another bowl, mix

2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 cup evaporated milk.
3 cups flour

Then mix in

1/4 cup shortening
4 cups flour

(Anna likes her mean face)

Spray a large bowl with Pam and put the dough in it, turning once. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and let rise for two hours.

Roll it and pat it to about 1/4 inch thickness. Then cut into 1" squares.

In a frying pan, heat oil to 350. I just did it medium-high, since I don't have a thermometer for the oil.

Brown the beignets and set them on a paper towel until they're cool enough to handle.

Then put them in a bag of powdered sugar and shake, shake, shake.
She really was more excited about this than the pictures indicate.
These are tasty treats (as long as you don't have too many...). They remind me of Utah's version of the scone. If you prefer, you can even refrigerate the dough overnight and have them for a very unhealthy breakfast!

We have yet to see whether these beignets can catch any men, since the only one around doesn't have any teeth yet. Here's hoping!


  1. yumm.
    and fun!
    I'm cutting, pasting, and printing that recipe RIGHT.NOW!

  2. I like Anna's mean face. "Majijon so meeeen!

  3. What a fun thing to do with your girls! I'm sure they loved it and every time they watch the movie they'll think of it. You rock.