Zoulah, naturally, is in love with pumpkin-anything this time of year. She had a hankering for some sweet confections, and she remembered the hot and delicious beignets at Disney. What to her wondering eyes she did find was a recipe for Pumpkin Beignets served at Disneyland at MagicalRecipes.net. We have eaten the incredibly good beignets at New Orleans Square, but apparently, the pumpkin ones are only served at a club at Disney. Just in time for pumpkin season, you can make these at home.
Now, we don't fry too much at the Red Couch home, but we let Zoulah give a try. Be warned, these will disappear like magic at your home. They are a bit heavier than normal beignets, because of the pumpkin, but they were sheer delights. We made them large; this recipe yielded about 12. Instead of the maple syrup icing as was suggested, we sprinkled powdered sugar laced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, and the spiced powdered sugar really complimented the beignets. Zoulah tried the maple sugar glaze, but liked the powdered sugar dusting much better.
Pumpkin Beignet Recipe
1/2 teaspoon dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (105 degrees F)
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup hot water
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1/2 teaspoon salt
Vegetable oil for frying
See below for ingredients for Powdered Sugar dusting
Pumpkin Beignet Instructions
1. Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a small bowl, stirring to dissolve. Let stand for 5 minutes.
2. Combine flour, pumpkin puree, sugar, heavy cream, hot water, egg, shortening, and salt in a large bowl; stir in yeast mixture.
3. Mix dough just until combined and smooth. Let dough rest in bowl, covered with a clean kitchen towel, 30 minutes.
4. Transfer dough to a well-floured surface. Pat to about 1/4-inch thickness and cut into 2-inch squares. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let dough rise in a warm, draft-free area, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
5. Heat 3 inches of vegetable oil to 350 degrees F in a deep, heavy pot over medium-high heat.
6. Fry beignets until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes, turning as soon as they brown on one side. Remove with tongs or a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain.
Zoulah used our electric wok for frying,
Powdered Sugar Dusting
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
Place ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Mix together well. While beignets are warm, place powdered sugar mixture in a small holed sieve and sift over the beignets generously. If desired adjust spices according to your desires.
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