Classic New Orleans Beignets

Nothing conjures the tastes of New Orleans much more this Classic New Orleans Beignets recipe!

These are easier to make than you might think, and this recipe produces authentic beignets that you will just want to sit down with a nice cup of strong coffee and think about how nice it would be in the Big Easy!

classic New Orleans beignets recipe

Watch us show you how easy it is to make these incredible NOLA pastries!

Let the dough rise overnight…and you won’t believe how these amazing pastries puff up!  Awesome!!

Isn’t that a thing of beauty! You have to be patient with these beignets, and let the dough rise and do its thing!

classic New Orleans beignets recipe

After you’ve punched down the dough and rolled it out to a nice large rectangle, using a pizza slicer makes cutting the beignets easy as can be.

The dough will rise a little bit more, and this is when you get that classic beignet shape.

We love beignets!

classic New Orleans beignets recipe

Once they come out of the hot oil, toss them in a bag that you placed some powdered sugar in, then fold the top of the bag, and then give it a good shaking!

Sugary, sweet, and oh so nice!

The beignets will have puffed perfectly as they fry. Light, airy, and bursting with flavor!

Woo hoo!

classic New Orleans beignets recipe

Now, go for it!! Make this unbelievably delicious Classic New Orleans Beignets recipe!

Classic New Orleans Beignets
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These are simply divine. Want to go to Cafe DuMond? Make these, with a cup of rich coffee, and you'll be there. Woo hoo!
Recipe type: Brunch
Cuisine: Brunch
Serves: 10
  • 1½ cups of warm water (approx. 105° to 110°F)
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 2¼ teaspoons of yeast
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of evaporated milk
  • 6 to 6½ cups of bread flour
  • ¼ cup of shortening
  • Baking spray, or softened butter (for greasing the pan)
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)
  • 3 cups of confectioners sugar
  1. Add water, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl and let sit for 10 minutes. (Using the large bowl of your stand mixer works well)
  2. In another bowl, blend together the eggs, salt, and evaporated milk until incorporated.
  3. Turn blender on medium, and slowly add egg mixture to the yeast mixture.
  4. In two separate bowls, measure out the bread flour, 3 cups in 1 and 3 cups in another.
  5. Add 3 cups of the flour to the yeast mixture and mix to combine.
  6. Add the shortening and continue to mix will adding the remaining flour, adding more flour if dough is too wet.
  7. Remove dough from the bowl and and place on a lightly floured surface.
  8. Knead until smooth. About 5 minutes.
  9. Spray a large bowl with non-stick spray.
  10. Put dough into the bowl and cover with a kitchen towel.
  11. Let rise for at least 2 hours...or even better, overnight.
  12. Pre-heat oil in deep-fryer to 350°F.
  13. Roll the dough out to a large, ¼-inch thick rectangle
  14. Cut into 2-inch x 1-inch rectangles.
  15. Deep fry, flipping constantly, until they become nice and golden
  16. Drain on a paper towels.
  17. Toss in a paper bag with confectioner's sugar




  • I’ve tried very hard to love them…but I don’t. NOLA is my happy place and I go often. I was even a movie that was being shot on Jackson Square! Give me some Sopapillas, butter and honey and I can gain 10 pounds!

  • I visited NOLA for the first time three and a half years ago while still in college. I’ve unsuccessfully tried to recreate beignets before.These look amazing, I’m inspired to try again! Thank you for your on-point instructions.

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