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Beignet is a term synonymous with the English fritter and is the French term for a pastry product. But what is the difference between a Beignet and a Doughnut?

The beignet was designated as the official state doughnut of Louisiana in 1986, even though it has no hole, like a doughnut. Beignets have been a traditional food for the Mardi Gras celebration, in both France and New Orleans.

New Orleans-style beignets are probably the most well-known beignets in the United States, and they’ are surprisingly easy to make at home. New Orleans-style beignets are made from a yeast dough, very similar to a doughnut, that contains milk, butter, and eggs.

Classic French beignets are made with pâte à choux-style dough, which is cooked on the stovetop and does not contain yeast.

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How to cook Beignets

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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • Oil for frying


  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter in water. When the butter melted, removed the pan from the heat.
  2. Add salt and flour over the butter and water and mix until a sticky dough is formed. Add the eggs one at a time and continue to mix the dough until you get a homogeneous consistency.
  3. In a deep frying pan, put the oil and heat it well.
  4. Take the dough with a teaspoon and put it, in turn, in the hot oil. Fry a few pieces of Beignets, do not crowd the pan, because each Beignets needs space to grow.
  5. Fry for 6 minutes in total, but on both sides. If they do not return to oil on their own, you can turn them with a spoon to cook evenly.
  6. When they are ready, take them out of the oil and let them drain for a few minutes on a paper towel.
  7. When cooking them in several rows, make sure the oil is just as hot before you start the next row of beignets.
  8. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top and serve hot.
  9. Donuts can be served for breakfast, as a dessert, or as a snack with a cup of tea.

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