Saturday, March 5, 2011

Meyer Lemon Beignets-just in time for Mardi Gras

Ah, what can't be done with Choux pastry? It's the deceptively easy stuff that eclairs, profiteroles, and other French pastries are made of-and it couldn't be easier.

You'll need:
The juice of two Meyer lemons+ enough water to make 1 C liquid.
6 T butter
1 C plus 2 T flour
1/4 t salt
2 T sugar
3 eggs

Oil for frying, powdered sugar and lemon zest for garnish.
Optional:the Princess and the Frog. If you can handle all the Voodoo and the fact that Mama Odie makes out with a snake.

In a medium sauce pan, bring the water and Meyer Lemon juice to a boil, along with the salt and the sugar. Dump the flour in all at once, and cook on the heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until it forms a boil. Remove from heat and dump the ball into your mixer bowl. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until smooth and glossy.

Heat your fry oil. On my stove, it's just a little higher than medium, a bit of dough tossed in should dance and sizzle.

Place-don't drop-dough by rounded teaspoons into hot oil, CAREFULLY. You should scoop the dough back and forth between the spoons two or three times to form a ball, then scrape the dough carefully into the hot oil. It should float- cook until a nice, attractive, golden color.

Remove to a paper towel lined plate- top with powdered sugar and lemon zest.

Serve with hot coffee and let the kids enjoy the donuts (what do you think Beignets are?) with milk and a the movie.

Pat yourself on the back for being a kick ass mommy. This last step is NOT optional.



Ellen said...

These look yummy... and so easy! I see me making these next week on Shrove Tuesday!

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I'm already a follower - stopping by to say Hi from the Sunday hop.

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Laura-A Goddess of Frugality said...

These look good:) New GFC follower from Say Hi Sunday.


HwnInPA said...

Oooh, that looks good. Wonder if I can sub something for the eggs and still make it work. May have to try it!

Shawn Becker said...

Hi, thanks for stopping by and the follow! This recipe looks easy, I may have to try it.

lovinangels said...

I'm working on checking out some things for an eggless choux. I wouldn't try this one. Choux is all about the eggs.

lovinangels said...

I checked on Cafemom- one of the better vegetarian cooks said the EnerG egg replacement would work. I'm going to track some down and I'll let you know how it goes.