2017 UPDATE: For Mardi Gras this year, I updated the photos and the recipe for this version of oven baked beignets – enjoy!
I’ve often declared my love for all things Southern, like here. Heck, I even have a “Southern Wannabe” board on Pinterest. And while I adore New Orleans and can’t wait to get back, I can’t say I have a burning desire to be there on Mardi Gras (ok, maybe if I was 10 -15 years younger.) I’m happy to keep my visits to Jazz Fest, half marathons and random weekends and will be celebrating from afar come Tuesday with these beignets.Celebrate Mardi Gras with these Oven Baked Beignets via @tspbasil Click To Tweet
Now I have no illusion that baked beignets can even possibly compare to the fried deliciousness you get in NOLA (I made a daily trek to Cafe Beignet during my last visit – dare I say better than Cafe du Monde?) but I was intrigued to make them after reading the post & recipe from Jenna @ Eat Live Run, which she adapted from Good Housekeeping. After baking and tasting – I agree with her, when doused in powdered sugar, their yeasty, sweet goodness certainly hit the spot.
So laissez les bon temps rouler and here’s my updated recipe where I added in whole wheat pastry flour and nutmeg.
Have you ever been to New Orleans during Mardi Gras? Do you have a favorite spot for beignets?