Homemade Baked Beignets
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: makes 60 2-inch pieces
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup (170 g) lukewarm water (approx. 38°C)
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3 ½ cup (525g) bread flour
  • ⅓ cup (75 g) sugar
  • 1 large egg (approx. 60 g)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup (115 ml) evaporated milk
  • 2 tbsp (30 g) unsalted butter – melted
  • Glaze:
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter – melted
  • Icing sugar for dusting
Instructions
  1. Mix the sugar with lukewarm water and sprinkle the active yeast into the water. Stir lightly and let it rest for 5 mins.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk egg, evaporated milk, vanilla extract and salt together.
  3. Add in yeast mixture, melted butter and stir lightly.
  4. In two batches, add in bread flour and mix with a spatula or wooden spoon until just combined.
  5. Use your hand and lightly bring the dough together. It will quite sticky and that’s okay.
  6. Gently lift the sticky dough out from the bowl and it should not stick to the bottom of the bowl.
  7. Transfer into a light greased large bowl and cover tightly with cling wrap and drape a tea towel over it.
  8. Place in a warm spot (I like to leave it in my oven with light on) and let it rise and proof for 2 hours until it doubles its size. You could prepare the dough 2 days in advance and leave it in the fridge.
  9. Dust your work counter with some flour and turn the dough out from the bowl.
  10. Lightly dust your rolling pin with some flour and roll the dough into ¼ inch thick.
  11. Use a ruler or measuring tape and cut them into 1-inch squares. A pizza cutter would be helpful in the cutting.
  12. Place the square doughs onto a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper, leaving about ½ inch gap between them to rise further. Cover with cling wrap and tea towel and let them rise for 30 – 35 mins.
  13. Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F.
  14. Brush the top of each risen dough lightly with some milk. This will produce a golden crust when baked.
  15. Bake for 12 – 15 mins until golden brown.
  16. Remove from oven and brush each beignet with some melted butter.
  17. Generously dust icing sugar all over the beignets.
  18. Serve warm.
Recipe by Bear Naked Food at http://www.bearnakedfood.com/2017/05/03/homemade-baked-beignets/