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Skinny Baked Beignets

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A better baked version of a popular Mardi Gras favorite. These Skinny Baked Beignets are the perfect dessert or even breakfast with a hot cup of coffee!

Skinny Baked Beignets

It’s a Mardi Gras Fun Day! (Fat Sunday, if you will)

I’m not from Louisiana, but I have a strong connection to it. 

Many people don’t know that my ex husband (my children’s father) is from Louisiana.

I met him when I was 19. So before him, I really didn’t know much about Louisiana, Creole and Cajun Culture or Mardi Gras  in general, including why it was celebrated or about any of the customary foods, etc..

It wasn’t long after we met that I got my first visit to New Orleans and my first taste of real Louisiana cuisine, which interestingly enough my ex husband doesn’t like most of,  and I have been hooked ever since.

Skinny Baked Beignets

I enjoy visiting Louisiana occasionally and dining on true Creole food, because up here in Missouri, even the Cajun restaurants don’t really understand real Cajun or Creole food.

Not that there’s too many of them, because there really isn’t.

Which has left me to create the foods I love in my own kitchen when I am having a craving for them.

Skinny Baked Beignets

This is true with my love affair with beignets, which I have been enjoying since childhood.

There is nothing like a traditional Beignets from the heart of Louisiana, but I don’t get down there often and the bakeries up here have no idea what they are doing.

I had my first beignet when I was very young, and used to think it funny that it was the Louisiana State Donut, since to me it didn’t seem like a donut.

Baked Beignets

However, my skinny version here is baked and not fried.

You still get the same pillowy doughy square perfection coated in powdered sugar but without the extra fat and grease.

You can’t beat that.

Baked Beignets

Skinny Baked Beignets

Baked Beignets

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Are you ready to make these Skinny Baked Beignets?

Skinny Baked Beignets

Skinny Baked Beignets

Yield: 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼-ounce envelope active dry yeast
  • 4 Tablespoons warm water, 100° to 110°
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar, to proof the yeast
  • ¾ cup milk or buttermilk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼-1/2 cup of powdered sugar for sifting over the warm beignets.

Instructions

  1. Heat the milk or buttermilk in a small pan over medium heat. Once small bubbles begin to forms around the sides of the pan, stir in the ¼ cup of sugar, the butter, and the salt. Do not allow the mixture to boil ever. Stir continuously until butter is melted. Remove from the heat and set aside to allow to cool. (I usually put it in the fridge for awhile to let it cool quicker)
  2. When the milk mixture is just about cool enough, begin the next step.
  3. In a large bowl combine yeast, warm water and the sugar; let mixture stand for 10 minutes until "proofed"... it will be foamy.
  4. Once the yeast has proofed, add the milk mixture, the egg and 2 cups of the flour.
  5. I use my stand mixture and allow it to run for about 2 minutes. The dough will be sticky. Now add the last cup of flour and use the bread attachment to knead for about 5-6 minutes or until your dough is soft and smooth.
  6. Place the dough into a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm spot about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  7. Punch the center of the dough down and turn it out onto a floured work surface.
  8. Roll the dough out to about a ¼ in thickness. I use a rectangle or square cookie cutter to cut out the dough, but you can use a knife, pizza cutter or whatever you have. Place your cut out pieces on large pan, cover them and allow to rise in a warm spot for another 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
  9. At this point, preheat your oven to 400 F.
  10. Spray a baking pan with cooking spray. Place the pieces of dough 2" apart on the pan.
  11. Bake for 7-10 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven and sift the powdered sugar over them generously while still warm.
  13. Enjoy piping hot and fresh for best taste. Serve with chocolate sauce for dipping.

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DavidaRochelle

Thursday 5th of March 2015

Fab to find non-fried beignet, as I dislike everything about deep frying from the extra work to the calories. Will your special technique work for other desserts and foods as well?

Renee

Saturday 8th of March 2014

Something is wrong. I tried reaching in and grabbing one or two but the screen got in the way. Do something about that please. I want one now.

Nicole Cook

Tuesday 11th of March 2014

And now I must wipe coffee off that screen, because your comment made me literally laugh out loud which caused a little leakage of the coffee sip I took. This is my favorite comment I think you've EVER left me! hahaha xoxo

Sarah

Friday 7th of March 2014

No reason NOT to make them now!

Nicole Cook

Tuesday 11th of March 2014

Super easy, and they are great even for non-Mardi Gras times. Thanks Sarah!

Kim Beaulieu

Wednesday 5th of March 2014

Oh man, these look so good. And they're baked so no guilt. Love it.

Katie

Tuesday 4th of March 2014

These look SO good! I love that you made a baked version instead of frying them...I am always looking for options like this since I try not to eat fried food (well, as much as possible)!

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