Do you love beignets the ones like they make in the New Orleans French quarter? I do, but it is always difficult to make them. I have found that there are two aspects the present difficulty, one making and preparing the dough from scratch and the second frying them. Quite frankly, I don’t mind the frying portion. Making the dough on the other hand has always been a challenge for me. I have found a shortcut in the process while at my sisters house, she prepared what I call Faux Beignets.
I named them Faux Beignets because you don’t use conventional beignet dough to make them. You actually use bread dough. The reason I liked this process is that I always fumbled while trying to make the dough. If you have ever tried making beignet dough there are several steps and you make a complete mess doing it. Using bread dough especially frozen prepared bread dough keeps me from making that mess and makes frying up some doughnuts enjoyable again. The best part is that I didn’t find there to be a significant difference in taste. Sure the texture is slightly different, but once covered in powdered sugar you don’t notice.
Should you want to take the leap and try this, below are the steps:
Step one: Purchase frozen bread dough, then thaw the dough and let it rise. The dough we used was http://www.rhodesbread.com/products/view/814.
Step two:Knead the dough in flour and flatten as much as possible.