These beignets are a tribute to New Orleans. These beignets taste just like the ones from Café Du Monde. This version is even more awesome by drowning them in chocolate powdered sugar, banana powdered sugar, and strawberry powdered sugar. They taste just like a banana split! Reprinted with permission from Southern Vegan by Lauren Hartmann, Page Street Publishing Co. 2020. Photo credit: Lauren Hartmann and Julie Grace
Banana Split Sugar-Dusted Beignets [Vegan]
- 1 1/4 cups warm water
- 2 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup vegan granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus more as needed
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup powdered vegan sugar, divided
- 1 cup freeze-dried strawberries
- 1 cup freeze-dried bananas
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- Pour the warm water into a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle the yeast into the warm water. Then sprinkle the granulated sugar on top of the yeast.
- Let the yeast bloom for 5 minutes. The yeast should start to bubble and form big bubbles of yeast at the top of the water.
- Add the oil to the yeast and water mixture.
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cornstarch, and salt.
- Add the flour mixture to the water mixture a little at a time, using a dough hook (if you are using a stand mixer) or stirring with a spoon to combine.
- When all the flour mixture has been added, knead the dough either with the dough hook in the stand mixer or your hands on a floured surface for 1 to 2 minutes, until the dough has formed a soft, smooth ball.
- Leave the dough in the bowl and cover it with a kitchen towel. Let the dough rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
- While the dough is rising, add 1/4 cup of the powdered sugar and the strawberries to a food processor. Pulse until the strawberries turn into a powder and are combined with the powdered sugar.
- Transfer the strawberry powdered sugar to a medium bowl and wipe out the food processor. Set the strawberry powdered sugar aside.
- Add 1/4 cup of the powdered sugar and the bananas to the food processor. Pulse until the bananas turn into a powder and are combined with the powdered sugar.
- Transfer the banana powdered sugar to another medium bowl. Set the banana powdered sugar aside.
- Add the remaining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and cocoa powder to a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Set the chocolate powdered sugar aside.
- Once the dough has risen, transfer the dough to a floured work surface. Put some flour on top of the dough to make sure it isn’t sticky. Next, roll the dough into a rectangle that is about 1⁄2 inch thick.
- Cut the dough into 2x3–inch rectangles. Let them rise for about 5 minutes. While the beignets rise, heat the oil.
- In a large skillet over high heat, bring about 1 inch of oil to 350°F. Reduce the heat as needed to maintain the oil’s temperature.
- Place 3 or 4 beignets at a time in the skillet. Fry them for about 2 minutes per side or until they are golden brown. Put the fried beignets on a paper towel to drain. Repeat this process with the remaining beignets.
- Serve the beignets freshly fried and covered in your choice of strawberry, banana, or chocolate powdered sugar.
These beignets taste just like the ones from the famous Café Du Monde in New Orleans. This version is even more awesome by drowning them in chocolate powdered sugar, banana powdered sugar, and strawberry powdered sugar. They taste just like a banana split!