New Orleans is legendary for two things; the food and Bourbon Street. I admit, I found the latter unappealing, but the food was amazing.
Wood-fired pizza at the Dominica in the Roosevelt Hotel. Red Beans and Rice at Louisiana Pizza Kitchen (sadly, this restaurant is now closed). A Muffaletta at Central Grocer. A Po-Boy from Johhny’s. And who could forget the beignets from Café du Monde?
Yes, when it comes to satisfying your taste buds, New Orleans is the place to be.
But you don’t need to travel far for a taste of New Orleans. The Café du Monde beignet mix will have you imagining you’re seated in the eatery by the French Market, listening to the street performers play in Jackson Square as you dust powdered sugar from your lips and wash down the warm beignets with a cup of Coffee and Chicory.
Beignets are a New Orleans classic, one that I longed to share with my family. So I bought a box of Cafe du Monde beignet mix and it sat on my counter. I just couldn’t bring myself to mix up a batch. My expectations were so high and I didn’t want to be disappointed. Finally, I found the courage to open my box of beignet mix and see what I could whip up.
It couldn’t have been any easier. Simply add the beignet mix and water and stir.
Next, roll your dough to 1/8″ thickness. I don’t own a rolling pin- that should give you an indication of how often I bake. But I was on a roll and wasn’t about to allow the lack of proper baking tools deter me. I made do with a large, clean, glass jar.
While I was preparing the beignets, I had a pan of oil heating up on the stove.
Fry the beignets on each side to golden brown. It doesn’t take long so don’t walk away.
I didn’t have any paper towels to dab off any excess oil, so I dropped the beignets in a colander and tossed them a few times before dusting the donuts with a generous sprinkle of powdered sugar.
You’re probably wondering how they tasted, right? My family thought they were yummy. But since I’ve tasted the deliciousness of Café du Monde beignets firsthand, I’d have to say that mine didn’t have the same melt-in-your-mouth consistency of the beignets I tasted in New Orleans. Were they good? Absolutely. But it’s going to take a bit of practice and taste-testing for me to get it right.
Do you want to surprise your family with beignets from Cafe du Monde? You can purchase them here.
Have you had beignets from Café du Monde?
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