Princess Tiana's Famous Beignets

Make these puffy, light, and sweet donut-like Princess Tiana’s beignets from the Princess and the Frog movie. These ones here are deep-fried to golden perfection and then topped with powdered sugar. You’ll absolutely feel like these beignets just came right out of the movie!

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What are beignets?
Tiana's Beignets Recipe Ingredients
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you make beignets without yeast?
Why are my beignets not rising?
Can you leave beignet dough overnight?
What's the best oil to use for frying beignets?
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Beignets Princess and the Frog

I do love Disney movies, especially Disney’s Princess and the Frog. It just appeals to me in so many ways.

I love how Princess Tiana dreamed of opening her own restaurant one day, and the references it made to New Orleans’ food and culture, especially the BEIGNETS!

What are Beignets?

Think of beignets as donuts in a square form, but waaay lighter with just the right amount of sweetness.

Beignets are deep-fried sweet treats that are usually crispy on the outside and spongy and soft as a cloud on the inside.

They are a staple in New Orleans and better known as the official doughnut of Louisiana.

Tiana's Beignets Recipe Ingredients

This famous beignet recipe is actually easier to make than you think it is. You'll just need the following below to get going.

  • Active dry yeast - this gives our beignets that beautiful rise.
  • Warm water - for proofing the active dry yeast. You can also swap this with warm milk. Just make sure it’s lukewarm and not boiling warm as it would kill the yeast.
  • Granulated sugar - acts as food for the yeast to activate and to sweeten up these famous beignets Disneyland treat. 
  • Salt - a kitchen staple which balances out the flavor.
  • Vanilla extract - adds a nice aroma and enhances as well the flavors in this beignet recipe.
  • Eggs - lightens the texture and make the yeast dough finer and richer by binding all the ingredients together.
  • Evaporated milk - different from condensed milk, evaporated milk helps achieve that fine, soft, cottony texture of beignets.
  • All-purpose flour - the go-to type of flour even for yeast-based dough; it also works well when making cookies, cakes, and pies.
  • Butter - adds that nice distinct buttery flavor to our dough.
  • Oil - you can use vegetable, canola, or any neutral-flavored oil for deep-frying as these ones have mild flavors with high-smoking point.
  • Powdered sugar - for that snowy finishing touch that also adds a delightful sweetness.
Tiana's Beignet Recipe

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Make Beignets Without Yeast?

You can, however, it won’t be the same beignets that most of us love. The magic of beignets is with the yeast used in the dough that makes it rise beautifully. And it won't be the same without that added yeast flavor. Trust me on this.

Why are My Beignets Not Rising?

The puffiness of a beignet is what makes it special. But if you fail to achieve that puffiness, check your oil temperature.

This could mean that the oil temperature is too low. A simple trick to determine if your oil is ready for frying is to test smaller pieces of the dough.

Another thing to remember when frying beignets is not to overcrowd the pan. I know how tempting it is to just get it all done at once. But too many pieces in the same pan would cause the oil temperature to drop resulting in a flat beignet. And we don't want that to happen.

Can You Leave Beignet Dough Overnight?

Yes, you sure can. You can make the beignet dough ahead of time by placing the dough in a greased bowl covered with plastic wrap. Store the dough ball in the fridge for up to 24 hours (see step #4 in the recipe card).

What's the Best Oil to Use for Frying Beignets?

Cafe du Monde suggests that you use cottonseed oil just like they do. But not all grocery stores carry them. So if in case you don’t have one, any neutral-flavored oil would do like canola or vegetable oil.

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  1. Non-stick Pyrex Frying Pan. It ensures evenly distributed heat with a non-slip handle for easy flipping and tossing.
  2. Max Mixer-Kneader with Bowl. It's small enough to easily tuck away, yet efficient enough for mixing a yeast-dough.
  3. Stainless Steel Pizza Cutter. Evenly cut your beignet dough into square pieces using this pizza cutter.
  4. Stainless Steel Sieve. Don't forget to add that magical snowy dust on top of your beignets using this handy sieve.

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