One of my favorite vacations as a kid was visiting New Orleans with my family. My brother and I thought it was so cool to see all the street performers and eat local street foods. There’s just so much history and culture in that city. One of my strongest memories from the trip was huddling around a bistro table at the iconic Café du Monde and devouring pillowy, warm beignets doused in powdered sugar!
While we were on that trip, my family bought a box of Café du Monde beignet mix so we could enjoy those doughnuts even after we returned home. Since then I’ve discovered an even easier (like, shockingly easy) way to recreate the experience in your own kitchen with just a few ingredients.
All you need to start is 1 can of Pillsbury refrigerated biscuits, canola oil for frying, and, most importantly, lots and lots of powdered sugar! Here’s how you can enjoy easy beignet-style doughnuts at home.
First, start by heating your canola oil. In a deep fryer or heavy saucepan, heat 2 inches of oil until it reads 350°F on your candy or deep fry thermometer.
When the oil is at temperature, fry the biscuit quarters, in batches, in the hot oil for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle them generously with powdered sugar.
As you go, you’ll notice the oil may cool down a bit during cooking. If that happens, just wait a few minutes and let it get back up to temperature before frying your next batch.
Enjoy these the French way by serving while they’re hot and fresh! Take the experience up a notch (could it really get any better?!) by sipping chicory coffee while you enjoy your beignets.