Enjoy this quick beignet recipe, for the non baker!
My kids and I wanted to try to make beignets the other day. We have been having an “Around the World” summer and knew beignets would be perfect for our stop in New Orleans!
Our Around the World summer began when I was trying to come up with something unique, original and fun to do with my kids over summer break.
After brainstorming a few ideas, I came up with the idea of “Around the World Summer”. From the comfort of our home we will be “traveling” to a different country each week.
During our “travels” we will learn a little bit about each country through movies, games, food, activities and crafts! It’s been a really fun way to spend our summer. A few weeks ago we decided to stay in the United States and traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana.
And that is when I knew we needed to make beignets. My kids are always drooling over Tiana’s beignets when they watch the Disney movie, “The Princess and the Frog”.
My mom motto is to keep things cheap and easy! So, I knew these one ingredient beignets would be perfect for this activity!
How to Make Easy Beignets
The first step to this quick beignet recipe is to gather all of your ingredients, and you only need three things (I told you this was easy!).
- One can refrigerated Pillsbury Pizza Dough
- Canola Oil
- Powdered Sugar
Quick Beignet Recipe
1. Roll out pizza crust.
The first step is to open your refrigerated Pillsbury Pizza Dough and roll out the crust. This is as simple as taking the dough out of the can and laying it flat. Done and done!
2. Cut dough into squares.
Next, use a pizza cutter (or any kind of knife) to cut the pizza dough into squares shaped 2″ by 2″. I just eye balled this part, they don’t need to be perfect (we are doing easy remember!).
3. Heat oil over stove top.
After you cut your beignet squares it’s time to heat your oil.
Pour the canola oil into a large skillet. This is another step you can eye ball. I tried to fill the skillet about 1/4 full of oil.
Heat the oil over medium-high heat for several minutes until it gets hot.
I like to do a quick test to ensure the oil is hot before adding the dough. All you have to do for the test is sprinkle a few drops of water onto it. If the oil bubbles and pops, the oil is ready. If it doesn’t bubble and pop let it heat up for a few more minutes. It is really important the oil is hot before the dough added.
4. Cook beignets in hot oil.
Once your oil is hot, add the beignets one square at a time to the oil.
Cook each dough square for 1-2 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Flip it over and cook the other side for 1-2 minutes.
5. Sprinkle with powder sugar.
When the beignet is done cooking, transfer it to a plate lined with a paper towel.
Last, sprinkle with powder sugar and let it cool slightly. These are best eaten warm!
That’s it! See how easy these beignets are! You’ll be enjoying your yummy pastry in no time!
- 1 can refrigerated Pillsbury pizza crust
- canola oil
- powder sugar
- Take pizza crust out of can and lay flat.
- Cut 2" by 2" squares into dough.
- Heat canola oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
- When oil is hot, add beignet dough to pan and cook until golden brown.
- Once cooked moved beignet to a plate lined with a paper towel.
- Sprinkle with powder sugar.
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