These 'Biscuit Beignets' are a total mom-hack! They are ready in less than 5 minutes and are super simple to make.
Take a can of Pillsbury Flaky Layers biscuits and quarter each biscuit. You can leave it like that or roll into balls, it won't matter. The traditional Cafe du Monde beignets are square. If you have not had Cafe du Monde beignets, boy have you missed out! You might be more familiar with Tiana's beignets (from the Disney movie The Princess and the Frog), they are also square.
After you have the biscuits all cut up and your grease is reached 350°F - an easy way to tell if you do not have a thermometer, is stick the handle of a wooden spoon into the pot. If there is a steady course of bubbles around the wood then the grease is hot enough.
Drop the beignet balls into the grease, carefully so you don't splash. This happens really quickly so keep a close watch. Turn them over as they start to color.
Remove promptly from the grease onto paper towel for just a moment. Then place them straight onto the dish you will serve them on, liberally coat them with powdered sugar. The more the better!
Beignets near me (in Louisiana) have not tasted better - this is a really simple way to fix that craving for New Orleans inspired biscuit beignets.
Another mom-hack is to make little mickey beignets. You can just take three of these balls and mold them together, and voila. Mickey mouse beignets!
If your little one is insisting they be Princess and the Frog beignets, instead of rolling into balls you can cut into squares. You get the idea.
This recipe is really simple, if you wanted to go all out and actually make the real deal (like Cafe Beignet), there is a beignet mix you can buy at the store. I'll include an image of it in the recipe card below.
Biscuit Beignets Recipe Card
This breakfast couldn't be easier. The wonderful, slightly crisp, sugary goodness is almost as good as the real thing! For beignets cooked in 3 minutes, this is perfection!
- Grands Flaky Layers Biscuits, 1 Can
- Powdered Sugar, for dusting
- Canola Oil, for frying
- Open the roll of biscuits and arrange on your chopping board.
- Cut each biscuit into 4, then roll these small parts into balls (they don't have to be perfect).
- Allow oil to heat to 350°F.
- Drop the balls carefully into the oil and fry for 3 minutes.
- Remove from grease onto paper towel, then serve with generous dusting of powdered sugar.
Dip handle of wooden spoon into oil, if you see bubbles form around the wood then the oil is hot enough.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 163Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 0mgSodium 153mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 0gSugar 21gProtein 1g
For big lovers of Beignets, New Orleans have a Beignet Festival, held the first Saturday in October. Look it up here.
For beignet calories look in the Nutritional Info section of the recipe card above.