Thursday, October 22, 2015

Ginger Peach Doughnut (Beignet) - 52 Breakfast Recipes

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Beignets - The state Doughnut of Louisiana and the memory of an open air market restaurant meal just about every visitor to New Orleans enjoys.

But if all you know about Beignets are that wonderfully fun restaurant, you are missing out.  Beignets are made with a wet dough (batter).  During the frying process, the steam inside the batter makes little air pockets that allows the doughnut to puff up beautifully.  You can add just about any fruit, any little bits that you might have left over from a meal.  I had just a bit of crystallized ginger left over and a few canned peaches that made these something to remember!

Sweet and ginger-y, peachy keen delicious and a wonderful example of bringing home a memory and making it part of your recipe file.

VERY easy to DIY, fry and cook by eye, when these have a beautiful golden brown and delicious look... They are done!

Add that familiar powdered sugar look and you have your own beignet doughnut fit for  your kitchen!

Enjoy indeed!

 OK... here's what I did...

Ginger Peach Doughnut (Beignet)

  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 Large Egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 TBS Honey
  • 1/3 Cup Milk
  • 1 TBS Softened Butter
  • 6 Slices (1 Half) Canned Peaches, minced
  • 3 TBS Crystallized Ginger Candy, minced
  • Oil for Frying (enough to fill frying pan to 1 inch
  • Powdered Sugar for dusting
Cooking Directions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, baking powder, ginger powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine egg, honey, milk and softened butter. Whisk to combine.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mix with a wooden spoon. Do not over mix.
  4. Add the crystallized ginger and the minced peaches and stir to evenly mix.
  5. Preheat the oil for frying in a heavy bottomed frying pan (I like cast iron) to 375 degrees or to a degree that drops of water pop and sizzle when dropped into the hot oil.
  6. Drop 1 inch squares of the batter into the oil. Fry for about 2 minutes, flip and fry for another two minutes until both sides are an even golden brown. Remove from pan and drain over a paper towel.
  7. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve while still warm... And ENJOY!


This simple recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Breakfast Ideas!"

It's the most important meal of the day.  From fancy to simple, there are always ways to dress up a breakfast dish.  These are the meals that make Bed and Breakfast Inns legendary (and usually easier than you think).

Here's your chance to make your guests Ooh and Aah!


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