Earlier this week, my wife and I were watching America's Test Kitchen(as we are wont to do), and they were making up a batch of beignets. They looked pretty good, and I committed to my wife that I would make a batch for breakfast this weekend.
Now, I couldn't follow the Test Kitchen's recipe exactly, because I didn't write it down, and they are a pay site....but with a bit of searching, I settled on a common looking recipe.
For ease, I whipped up the dough last night, and after letting it rise on the counter for an hour, I stuck it in the fridge overnight. This made the dough much easier to work with this morning, and the end results were scrumdiddlyumptious, and picture worthy.
With a disclaimer that I have not been to New Orleans for the famous Café du Monde beignets...mine tasted pretty good...but I am not sure I got them Authentic. Most of the ones I have seen pictures of have a 'puffy' air pocket in the middle. Mine were very uniform inside, and tasted almost like an apple-less apple fritter. It's possible I overmixed them...
But heck, even if they weren't beignets, they were fresh, warm fired dough pillows...which are never a bad thing.