You don’t have to travel to New Orleans or a Disney park to enjoy delicious beignets. Our beignet recipe is easy to follow and the beignets taste AMAZING!
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New Orleans Beignet Recipe
This beignet recipe makes the best beignets ever! They are fluffy yet have some density to them and are topped with the perfect dusting of powdered sugar. I first had beignets while visiting Louisiana. This is my favorite dessert from the beautiful city of New Orleans. If you’ve never been there, you should definitely put it on your bucket list. It’s a fascinating city full of rich culture, history, and food (of course!).
Prior to trying beignets, I heard they were fantastic. Like most foodies, I was a little skeptical. I’ve had my fair share of trying foods that have been hyped up by the masses and a lot of them have turned out to be fairly disappointing. I’m happy to report that not only did I absolutely love them, I liked them enough to come home and put together my own beignet recipe so I could recreate them anytime I wanted.
What is a Beignet?
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For those that aren’t familiar, beignets are a square doughnut that is covered in powdered sugar. Did you ever see Disney’s Princess and the Frog? Beignets are the dessert they eat at the beginning of the movie. When we were visiting New Orleans we regularly hit up the famous Cafe Du Monde for these tasty treats!
Insider tip: if you are at Disneyland, they have the closest replica beignet recipe to the Cafe Du Monde version that I have tasted so far outside of this beignet recipe. Just another reason to head to Disney, if you need one.
This beignet recipe is simple to make, but it is time-consuming in the sense that the recipe needs time to rest and rise. When making the beignets, be sure to prepare the dough at least 4 hours before you plan to serve them. They need at least 3 hours to rise in the fridge then 30 to 40 minutes more out of the fridge. I promise you, the wait is well worth it! Plus, this beignet recipe makes for a fantastic make-ahead meal, which is always nice.
Dipping Sauces for Beignets
In the restaurant in New Orleans Square, they serve beignets with delicious dipping sauces, which takes the experience to a whole new level. It is my absolute favorite way to eat them.
When I make this beignet recipe, I also make three amazing sauces for dipping. It’s a bit of extra work but the extra flavor is totally worth it. Plus, everyone loves a good dip. Here’s the easy recipe for my favorite sauce trio: Chocolate Hazelnut, Butterscotch Caramel, and Vanilla Raspberry sauces.
More Favorite Recipes from New Orleans
If I haven’t made it clear yet, we are big fans of the delicious flavors in New Orleans. My time in the city has been well-spent as I always come back with loads of new recipes to recreate.
Check out more of our favorite copycat recipes from our visits to New Orleans here:
- Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta
- Mint Juleps
- Cajun Chicken Po’ Boys
- Pecan Pralines
- Creole Butter Shrimp
- Cajun Style Grill Foil Packets
- One Pot Jambalaya Pasta
- Red Beans and Rice
- Shrimp Po Boys with Creamy Cajun Sauce