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Rabu, 07 Oktober 2015

Man-catching beignets from Princess Tiana




Since I first watched Princess and the frog I was dying to try authentic New Orleans Beignets.  I’m not ashamed to say that the reason I love The Princess and the Frog film so much because of Tiana’s talent for cooking and her determination to open a restaurant. I love Tiana,  the princess story and funny characters like Louis the trumpet playing gator. I enjoyed the animation, Randy Newman’s music, and references to the culture and food of New Orleans but most of all I just love her obsession for cooking tasty dishes and opening up the restaurant her father and her had planned together.


 
While watching The Princess and the Frog this weekend, I became obsessed over articles online about the famous beignets from Cafe Du Monde.  Unfortunately, I have not yet had the chance to visit and try the beignets from Cafe Du Monde but I am determined to figure out the best recipe that Tiana and her father would approve of.


Tiana Beignet’s always looked so yummy Drizzled in Honey and dusted in powdered sugar I just had to create some of my own

But before we get to the recipe, first let’s tart with a description of what Beignet’s are made from:

Pâte à choux or Choux pastry, is traditionally a light french pastry dough and it’s used to make Beignets, cream puffs (profiteroles) and eclairs. It traditionally contains only butter, water, flour, and eggs and instead of this dough using a raising agent it uses it’s high moisture content to create steam inside the dough while cooking to puff up the pastry.

So here it is, some man-catching beignets from Princess Tiana.  I hope you enjoy it! I got the recipe from here 


Ingredients
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 C warm water
  • 1/2 C white sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C evaporated milk
  • 6 1/2 C bread flour
  • 1/4 C shortening (dita use unsalted butter)
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying
  • Powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl or measuring cup combine the warm water, sugar and yeast and stir. Let it proof for 5 minutes.
  2. In your mixer (using your whisks) combine the eggs, evaporated milk and salt, beat until combined.
  3. With the mixer on low, add in the yeast mixture to the egg mixture.
  4. Still mixing on low add in 2 C of the bread flour..
  5. Add the shortening in and continue to mix
  6. Switch to your dough hook then add the remaining 3 1/2 cups bread flour.
  7. If you have a bosch keem mixing the dough on med until smooth (if you don't then you can hand knead).
  8. Grease a bowl and place the dough inside, cover with a damp towel, set the bowl in a warm area and let it rise for 2 hours, it should double in size.
  9. Sprinkle your counter with a ton of flour, the dough wil be crazy sticky. Place the dough on top , sprinkle more flour on top and roll out the dough to 1/4? thick. (don't knead in the flour, just use it to keep the dough from sticking to the counter or rolling pin)
  10. Slice into 2? squares with a pizza cutter.
  11. Heat vegetable oil in a Dutch oven until the temperature reaches 350 degrees.
  12. Then place a few dough squares at a time in the hot oil and watch the magic happen! It's AWESOME
  13. Turn them at least once so they don’t burn on one side. Cook about 1 1/2-2 mins on each side
  14. When you remove them, place them on a cooling rack over a papper towel/newspaper
  15. Dust with a light layer (or heavy layer) of powdered sugar
  16. Serve warm!
PS. I don’t have mixer, so I do manually #poorme



You know the thing about good food? It brings folks together from all walks of life. It warms them right up and it puts little smiles on their faces, and when I open up my own restaurant, I tell you, people are gonna line up from miles around just to get a taste of my food! -
James, from The Princess and the Frog


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