1 1/2 Cups Warm (not hot) Water
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Envelope Active Dry Yeast
1 1/4 Tsp Salt
1 Cup Carnation Evaporated Milk (buy a little extra just in case you knead it. Get it? knead it?)
7 Cups Bread Flour
1/4 Cup Crisco All Vegetable Shortening
Oil, for Deep-frying
3 Cups Confectioners’ Sugar
Now, in another bowl, measure and sift your bread flour, twice. Add 3 cups of your sifted bread flour to the yeast mixture and combine until mixed well.
Next, add your shortening, mix that a bit and add your flour one cup at a time mixing in between!
Once everything is mixed until it can mix no more (and believe me, it’ll start to get a little tough. If you feel your dough is too dry add 1/4 cup of evaporated milk), take your dough out of the bowl and place it on a lightly floured surface. This is the part where you knead your dough until it’s smooth.
Once your dough is no longer all kneady (I have baking jokes for days!), you want to place it in a large lightly nonstick sprayed bowl. Cover your dough with plastic wrap, or a towel and let it rise for 2 hours! Now, you have time to make your dipping sauces and filling, which are optional!
Praline Dip Ingredients:
1 1/2 Cups Pecans, Chopped
1/4 Cup Butter
1 1/4 Cups Light Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup Light Corn Syrup
3 Tbsp All- Purpose Flour
1 (5oz) Can Evaporated Milk
1 Tsp Vanilla
Let it simmer for 5 minutes but you MUST constantly stir your dip because it WILL burn! Remove your mixture from heat and let it sit for about a minute. You don’t want it to get too stiff because now your going to add your evaporated milk and pecans gradually and, of course, stirring constantly!
Once your mixture is nice and evenly mix, it’s ready!
Bourbon Sauce Ingredients: (This is a recipe you want to make after your Beignets are done or else it will be ruined!)
1 Cup Whipping Cream
1 Tsp Vanilla
3 Egg Yolks
1/3 cup granulated Sugar
3 Tbsp Bourbon
In a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat, you want to combine the whipping cream and vanilla, and bring it to a simmer. Once it begins to simmer, remove from the heat.
Beat your egg yolks and sugar together. Quickly, stir 1/2 cup of the hot cream into the egg yolk, stirring constantly and pouring gradually (if you pour the hot cream in the eggs too fast, you’ll end up with sweet scrambled eggs).
Once you’ve mixed these ingredients, pour your mixture back into the remaining hot cream in the saucepan. Cook your mixture over low heat, once again, stirring constantly, for about 3 minutes, until it just begins to simmer, then stir and cook 2 minutes longer.
Next you want to remove your mixture from the heat and stir in your bourbon. Immediately strain and serve your sauce warm.
Cream Cheese Filling Ingredients:
2 8oz Packages of Philadelphia Cream Cheese
3 Tbsp Butter
1/3 Cup Confectioners’ Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla
This is a really fast filling! Throw your cream cheese and butter in your mixer and let it cream for about 10 minutes. Once its nice and creamy, add your sugar and vanilla and mix it until its smooth. Add your filling to your pastry bag! Viola! Your ready to fill the Beignets!
Ok, back to those Beignets! Preheat your oil in a deep-fryer to 350 degrees. Now that your dough had risen for 2 hours, roll it out to about 1/4-inch thick and cut into 1-inch squares. Deep fry your dough squares, flipping constantly until they become a golden brown color. You CANNOT let your Beignets brown too much on one side! If you do, they wont flip onto the other side. After your beignets are fried, drain them for a few seconds on paper towels.
Now, gently hold each Beignet, poke a hole in them with the nozzle of the pastry bag, and insert your cream cheese filling! Lightly dust them with confectioner sugar. Now you have Beignets better than Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter Ya’ll!