Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Bogus Beignets

I made this recipe a REALLY long time ago - like over six months long time ago. These pretty pictures have been sitting in my "To Blog" folder for quite a while staring me in the face every time I open it up. I just couldn't bring myself to blog it, I don't even know why I made it in the first place. If I remember correctly, I think it was a desire to rid myself of some soon to expire ricotta. Don't get me wrong, it isn't that this tart/sweet treat isn't insanely delicious or even that it was hard to make. In fact, it was a simple recipe with only a few ingredients that turned out to be extremely delectable.

My hang up was that the recipe is named after one of my all-time favorite New Orleans desserts that has no rival or substitutes. A dessert so amazing, so unique and so identifying in its own right that it should never have to share its name. Blame it on my upbringing in this amazing food city, call me biased, argue its validity - but in my mind nothing should be labeled as a beignet unless it looks like this:

Now, to the untrained eye these two may look similar. But trust me, they aren't - not even in the slightest. One is round and the right one is square. One is bite-sized and the right one is at least a 6-biter. One is lightly dusted with powdered sugar and the right one is covered massively. I could go on and on. Instead, I will leave you with this suggestion - if you are craving beignets then come to New Orleans and if you are wanting to make a tasty at home "doughnut-hole-type" concoction then follow my recipe below!

Lemon Ricotta "Beignets"
Adapted from All You October 2010

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup ricotta
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • Confectioners' sugar
Preparation
  1. Heat 2 inches vegetable oil in a large deep cast iron pot over medium-high heat until it reaches 350ºF on a candy thermometer. (As oil is heating, watch thermometer carefully and adjust heat to keep oil from getting too hot.) Line a large plate with paper towels.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together egg, sugar, ricotta, lemon zest, vanilla, flour and salt until smooth.
  3. Drop heaping teaspoonfuls of batter into hot oil and fry,
turning once with tongs or a slotted spoon, until beignets are golden, 2 to 3 minutes total.

Remove beignets with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel-lined plate briefly to drain. Dust with confectioners' sugar, if desired,

and serve immediately.

Click Here for My Adapted Printable Recipe

5 comments:

Trish said...

These look awesome - I'm always ready for an excuse to fry something so I think I'll have to give them a try :)

Katherine Aucoin said...

They may not be the kind of beignets we're used to, but they look and sound amazing! I think you took beignets up several notches.

Mal said...

Even if they're not beignets, they still sound yummy!

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teresa said...

mmmm, these look amazing!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Beignets or not, they certainly look fabulous! Yum :)