French Beignets

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup water

4 Tbsp. butter

2 tsp. granulated sugar

Salt

½ cup all-purpose flour

4 happy eggs

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. baking powder

Vegetable oil for deep frying

Powdered sugar for dredging

DIRECTIONS

  • Combine water, butter, granulated sugar and a pinch of salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Remove from heat and add flour. Stir until mixture forms a ball.
  • Add eggs, one a time, mixing with a hand mixer after each addition until egg is incorporated. The mixture should be shiny and smooth when all the eggs have been added.
  • Add vanilla and baking powder and mix for 2 minutes longer.
  • Fill a deep, heavy pot with 3-4 inches of oil and heat to 325°F. Carefully drop spoonful’s of batter into the oil and fry until puffed up and brown; turn over and fry until brown on second side.
  • Remove beignets with a slotted spoon and drain well on paper towels. Shake in a powdered sugar-filled bag and serve immediately.