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Baked Beignets for Mardi Gras

Baked Beignets for Mardi Gras

Try this healthier version of a Mardi Gras classic: Baked Beignets! Recipe at Teaspoonofspice.com

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.

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Try this healthier version of a Mardi Gras classic: Baked Beignets! Recipe at Teaspoonofspice.com

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.

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Baked Beignets

Celebrate Mardi Gras with this baked version of the classic beignets!

  • Yield: 25 beignets 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 ounce package of yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine water, yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes until yeast gets foamy.
  2. Mix in flours, remaining sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Cut butter into small pieces and mix into dough.
  3. Add buttermilk and egg and mix well. Knead on a floured surface until you have a smooth dough (should take about 5 minutes.) (If you have a stand mixer, you can use a dough hook to mix and knead dough.)
  4. Coat bowl with cooking spray and add dough ball. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 30 minutes.
  5. On a floured surface, roll dough out into a large rectangle, about 1/4-inch thick. Using a pizza cutter, cut 5 even strips horizontally and then vertically so you have 25 beignet squares.
  6. Cover baking sheet with parchment paper and add beignets. Cover with a kitchen towel and let sit for 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. Bake beignets for 10 -12 minutes (Watch carefully! Take them out before they start to turn golden brown.) Let cool for 5 minutes and then generously dust them with powdered sugar.

Notes

Updated from Oven-Baked Beignets at Eat, Live Run.

Note: Since this dough is less sweet compared to typical beignets, you can generously shake on the powdered sugar before serving.

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Try this healthier version of a Mardi Gras classic: Baked Beignets! Recipe at Teaspoonofspice.com

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Try this healthier version of a Mardi Gras classic: Baked Beignets! Recipe at Teaspoonofspice.com

Lyn

Monday 11th of December 2017

This recipe looks good. I'm just wondering what using yeast, baking soda, and baking powder in the same recipe does? Does it make it softer?

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Monday 11th of December 2017

That's a great question. I originally adapted this from another recipe that called for all three but I guess you really don't need all three! I'm going to try it again soon without the baking powder and will report back my findings. Thanks for your comment!

Chelsey

Friday 17th of February 2017

OH how I miss NOLA!! These look delish!

Sues

Friday 17th of February 2017

I've never been to New Orleans and I have to say that I'm not sure if I've ever had a really good beignet. How sad! These baked ones look so delicious!

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Friday 17th of February 2017

You need to put both of those things (visit NOLA and eat a beignet) on your bucket list for sure :)

Jennifer Himes

Tuesday 8th of March 2016

Hello, I love the idea of baked beignets! Your recipe is from scratch but I have a box of Cafe du Monde beinget mix. Could I use the mix and still bake them?? Any tips or advice on how I might go about this??

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Tuesday 8th of March 2016

Oooh, I don't see why not - I would definitely try it and just follow the baking instructions in the recipe link (400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.) I'd love to hear how they turn out - lmk!

Elizabeth

Tuesday 9th of February 2016

Happy Mardi Gras! I am a New Orleanian in exile - central Pennsylvania to be exact, and I was just reading on the Cafe du Monde website that they recommend cottonseed oil! C'est terrible! So yes, I will be making these tonight for myself and my 13-year-old daughter. And I concur that the daytime scene is MUCH different than night. I always took my daughter out and we had a blast admiring everyone's costumes, jamming to some funk-ay music, and sharing meals and memories with good friends. Can you tell I'm a lil bit homesick? :)

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Tuesday 9th of February 2016

Oh wow - so great to hear from you! Central PA is pretty different than NOLA (I can say that being a Pennyslvanian my whole life and attending Penn State- ha) and I cannot blame you for missing it. I'd love to experience Mardi Gras during the day down there sometime - have been for JazzFest but never Mardi Gras - I just adore your city and the culture (and of course the food!) LMK how the beignets turn out!

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