Classic New Orleans Beignets
Beignet is french for fritter. In the french quarter they are enjoyed as a breakfast item or a snack, either way, they are delicious. This recipe is surprisingly simple to make, and well worth the effort.
1. Sprinkle 1 pkg. Of yeast in 1/4 cup of luke warm water. Allow to stand for about 3 minutes before stirring to dissolve more. Allow to stand 10 minutes more.
2. In a bowl combine 1/4 cup of sugar, 2 tablespoons of vegetable shortening, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Pour in 1/2 cup of boiling water and blend well. Stir in 1/2 cup of cream, the yeast mixture, and 1 beaten egg.
3. Add 2 cups of all-purpose flour, followed by another 2 cups of flour (4 cups total) and make smooth dough.
4. Gather the dough into a ball and roll out 1/4 inch thick, then cut into 4-inch squares. Drop one by one into hot corn or peanut oil, turning to fry the other side (about 3 minutes per side), cooking until brown. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with confectioners sugar. Make more!