A Week of Sourdough Recipes
Bon Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras, The name evokes visions of music, parades, floats and food! Everyone wears the colors of Mardi Gras. Purple- represents justice , Green-represents faith and Gold- represents power. Long colorful beads are thrown from beautiful floats. Sourdough Beignets along with King Cake is served and enjoyed.
Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, that is the the final day before the penitential season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Fat Tuesday is referring to the practice of the last night of eating before Lent. Mardi Gras stems from pagan fertility rituals and celebrations in honor of Springs Arrival. Mardi Gras found it’s way to Louisiana by way of French settlers. It dates back to the Middle Ages. The date on which Mardi Gras falls depends on Easter, Mardi Gras is always 47 days before Easter.
King Cake, Beignets? Beignets, King Cake? I had a difficult time deciding which one to make. I have never made either one. King Cakes are the ultimate symbol of Mardi Gras. Traditionally made from brioche dough, then shaped into a ring. King Cakes are decorated with a sweet icing and colored sugars, Mardi Gras colors. There is a plastic baby doll hidden inside each King Cake. The person who gets the baby provides the next King Cake. The plastic baby decided it for me. I had no idea where I was going to find a plastic baby to put inside the King Cake. Since that seemed to be an important part of the King Cake, I didn’t want to leave it out, so Beignets it is.
Beignets were brought to Louisiana by the Acadians.
They were more like fried fritters, sometimes filled with fruit. Today, the beignet is a square piece of dough, deep-fried and covered with powdered sugar. They are delicious…and I mean delicious!! I’m not sure if traditional beignets are made with a sourdough starter but I wanted to make this wonderful recipe for sourdough beignets that I found in Simply Sourdough by Kathy Doogan. I hope I haven’t offended any beignet connoisseurs out there but the addition of sourdough made these sourdough beignets “extra” spectacular.
- 1 teaspoon yeast, rapid rise
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 cup sourdough starter
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon oil
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups flour
- oil for frying
- powdered sugar
- Deep Fryer
- In a mixing bowl, sprinkle yeast over warm water, stir in 2 teaspoons of the sugar until dissolved. Set aside for about 10 minutes or until small bubbles form. Add the remaining sugar, starter, salt, egg, oil and evaporated milk. Mix well. Stir in 1 1/2 cups flour, then beat until smooth. Add remaining flour, a little at a time, until dough pulls away from sides of the bowl and becomes to stiff to stir with a spoon.
- Turn dough out onto a floured board. Form into a ball and transfer to a clean, lightly greased bowl turning to coat all sides of the ball. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or refrigerate over night and proceed the next day.
- Roll dough to a thickness between 1/8 to 1/4 inch. Then cut into rectangles about 2 by 3 inches.
- Heat the oil in a large deep cast iron pan to a depth of 3 to 4 inches to 360 degrees. Fry beignets, 3 to 4 at a time until they puff and become golden brown on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes turning once or twice.
- Drain on wire racks set over paper towels.
- Sprinkle heavily with powdered sugar
Cafe’ Du Monde~The Original French Market Coffee Stand since 1862.
The Original Cafe’ Du Monde Coffee Stand was established in 1862, in the New Orleans French Market. The Original Cafe’ Du Monde is a traditional coffee shop. Its menu consists of dark roasted coffee and chicory, beignets, white and chocolate milk and fresh squeezed orange juice. The coffee is served black or au lait. Au Lait means it is mixed half and half, half coffee and half hot milk. Beignets are square, French-style doughnuts lavishly covered with powdered sugar. In 1988, iced coffee was introduced to the Cafe’
References from: Mardi Gras Cafe’ Du Monde
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16 Comments on “Sourdough Beignets”
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I’m so sorry to hear that. I’ve had this happen to me before and yes, it’s frustrating and annoying. I’ll contact my ad people and see what they can do. I hope you’ll stop back again though, and give us another try:) Lynn
Thanks for stopping Betsy~
Thanks for sharing! I'm always on the lookout for more recipes to help use up my sourdough starter. Sounds tasty.
These look delicious, I've never made them. Great Picture too! Pinned!
Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile
Hi Wanda~ This was my first time making these tasty treats and boy, were they good:) Hugs~
Thanks so much for sharing this beignets recipe at the Say G'Day Saturday linky party Lynn. It looks amazing! I'm going to be featuring it at this week's party. Hope to see you again this weekend!
Natasha in Oz
Thank you Natasha! See you then:)
Thank you for linking up to Tasty Tuesdays last week. As one of the co-hosts, I will be featuring your recipe on Tasty Tuesdays tomorrow on my site, Detours in Life. Congrats!
Love your beignet recipe! I have never had them, but always wanted to try. I too am celebrating Mardi Gras on my blog. I DID make a King Cake tonight to be featured later this week. I used a bean vs small plastic baby.
I think I'm going to try a King Cake even without the plastic baby….I'll use a bean….I have seen so many recipes for King Cake in the past few days, I just have got to try one:)
Hmm sounds interesting, I love beignets, but never had them until I move to Louisiana, yum so good melts in your mouth. Thanks for sharing on Tuesdays With a Twist, new follower.
Thanks for stopping Joyce
These look delicious! I am definitely going to have to try them. Although I do not think I'll ever be able to make them taste like they do at Cafe Du Monde! 🙂 Deliciousness
Thanks for stopping by….Someday I would love to have a beignet and a cup of coffee at Cafe Du Monde:)