New Orleans Beignets

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From Southern Living Feb. 2011. I have tried many different recipes, but this one in my opinion, is by far the best.

Ingredients:

½ tablespoon dried yeast

1 ½ cups warm water (105-115) divided

½ cup granulated sugar

1 cup evaporated milk

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 tsp salt

¼ cup shortening (and I have used, successfully, coconut oil)

6 1/2-7 cups bread flour

Vegetable oil for deep frying

Sifted powdered sugar (icing sugar) to serve

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Method:

1.  Make the yeast mixture: Combine yeast, ½ cup warm water and 1 tsp granulated sugar in a bowl of a heavy duty stand mixer. Let stand for 5 minutes. Add milk, eggs, salt and remaining granulated sugar.

2.  Form Dough: Microwave remaining 1 cup water until hot (about 115 degrees); stir in shortening until melted. add to yeast mixture. Beat at a low speed, gradually adding 4 cups of flour, until smooth. Gradually add remaining 2 ½ – cups flour, beating until a sticky dough forms.

Transfer to a lightly greased bowl, cover with greased ? film. Chill 4-24 hours.

3.  Roll and Cut: Turn dough out onto a floured surface, roll to ¼” thickness. Cut into 2 ½ squares (I use a pizza cutter).

4.  Fry until golden: Pair ? 2-3 inches into dutch oven. (Wide mouth, medium depth). Heat to 360 degrees. Fry in batches 2-3 minutes on each side until golden. Drain on wire rack and dust with sugar.

Makes about 6 dozen

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Author: Tamzin

Food activist and childhood nutrition advocate Tamzin Cochrane helps the busiest of people to cook up something healthy and delicious, even after a long day. She also helps companies and schools educate around—and create a culture and environment that truly supports healthy eating. Decades in the foodservice and hospitality industry have given Tamzin a well-rounded perspective on mealtime. She is passionate about bringing back the lost art of families and friends cooking together, and she loves seeing people enjoy the amazing tastes and textures of their communal effort. Inspiring children to cook and expand there horizons on food is very important. She shares this message through virtual coaching and video courses, by speaking at corporations, schools, and events, and through her recently-released video courses. Tamzin is found most often at The Pinny and Trowel Cooking School, which she opened in early 2020, it is located in Austin TX. Tamzin was born in England, grew up in Scotland, and now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband (who incidentally, is Scottish but grew up in England) and their children.

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