Saturday, February 18, 2012

Beignets (Well, donuts anyway...)

I've been dying to try these donut holes from Food Network and thought Mardi Gras was as good a reason as any! So in the spirit of celebration I'm calling them Beignets (I know... let's just go with it, ok?:@) 
For more traditional Beignets you could coat the donuts in powdered sugar as Plain Chicken did here.
 These are good and the orange zest really adds a nice bright flavor!

 Orange Sugar Fried Donut Holes
1 orange, zested
1 C sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon-I suggest 1/2 tsp
1 tube (8 large) store bought buttermilk biscuit dough
Vegetable oil for frying
  1. Place zest, sugar and cinnamon in paper bag and shake to combine-I used a Lock-N-Lock bowl and lid.
  2. Heat oil in deep pan to 350 degrees.
  3. Slice dough into quarters and roll into balls-or not. I used a pizza cutter and found the "triangles" easier to turn.
  4. Working in batches fry dough on each side until golden brown (6-8 minutes)-mine took 1-2 minutes total.
  5. Transfer donuts to paper bag and shake to coat with sugar mixture.
  6. Serve immediately.
Enjoy and have a happy day:@)

I'm joining:
Sweets for a Saturday
Seasonal Sunday
Foodie Friday


  1. Your donuts look so yummy. I wish I could have one now. Happy Weekend!

  2. Those look sooo good! Mind if I stop by?

  3. They look so good. I'd love to have a couple with my coffee right now.

  4. My hubby's mom made these, and called them sinkers???

  5. Super easy and love the addition of the orange!

  6. Beignets and mint juleps--my two favorite things about Mardi Gras!!


  7. Oh these sound so good. When the girls were little our homemade donuts were a great treat. They each had a paper bag to shake their donuts in. Now I do love a yummy Beignet! hugs, Linda

  8. I can remember my cousin's grandpa making those for us, a looooooong time ago. It was always such a treat!
    They look good, L!
    Another gorgeous day!

  9. John just walked past the computer and noticed your photo and said, "Oh, they look good!" :) I agree!

  10. Oh...these look great! I have made something similar and frosted them with chocolate. Decadent!!


  11. Yum, they look sooo good. I'll try them but on another day. Too much going on. Besides I don't have the biscuit dough I need. Boo hoo. Otherwise I'd be making these things.
    Have one for me.
    Off to have a piece of dried out coffee cake!

  12. Nooooooo...don't make it easier for me to eat these....tell me it takes hours to prepare them. Tell me you have to special order the ingredients...tell me they take hours to cook. Sigh.

  13. I'd love some of those right now! I'm having a sugar craving!

  14. Say the word "donut" and I'm right there! Yum. These look good.


  15. I love fried dough by any name! Several places here sell big jam filled doughnuts called paczki (sp?) right before Lent. So good, so fattening, but so good. xo

  16. I can't believe how easy this one is! No excuse to not try it..Also, I would like to thank you for always taking any guess work out of the recipes by telling us how you ended up working with it. xo

  17. I love those - they serve something like that at Chinese Restaurants. sandie

  18. Ummmmmmm...I am seeing so many good treats that I could make for breakfast. These may be the winner! !! Yummo

  19. Yummm, Lynn, these look so good!! My parents had beignets when they visited New Orleans. They loved them. Thanks for sharing and Happy Seasonal Sunday!

    Denise at Forest Manor

  20. My mom made wonderful beignets but I have never tried to make them. Yours look delicious and you have given me the courage to try.
    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

  21. Hi Lynn,
    thats funny! Such beignets are the traditional Mardi Gras treat here in germany, too. They are called "Kreppel" or "Krapfen". Ours are filled with jam. Thank you for the yummy recipe.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  22. Hi, I send you an email last Saturday, asking your permission to post your Chocolate Spritz Cookies photo to join a scrapbook challenge. I've wrote url details in my email. I'm waiting for your answert. Thank you :)


  23. Easy and delicious! And in the spirit of Mardi Gras, I say we call them beignets too!

  24. Yum! I love beignets~ I love Cafe du Monde!!! Your Mardi Gras cake in your sidebar is flipping amazing....


  25. OOoo man I'm gonna have to make these for the family. Look so good.

  26. Melt. In. Your. Mouth. YUMMY

  27. Oh, I know I'd love these but I'm still dieting for my daughter's wedding..shear torture!!

  28. These look great. I'd like to be at the Cafe du Monde with a cup of chicory coffee and plate of these yummies!

  29. Oh goodness this looks super easy and YUMMY!!! I've never made doughnuts so this would be an easy way to try them. You come up with some wonderful recipes...thanks for sharing! Hope your week is a good one.
    Maura :)

  30. Oh my goodness, the donuts look delicious. Sure wish I was eating bread & goodies :(! The Pizzelles are great!

  31. Lynn, I've been MIA but catching up tonight. All these Mardi Gras goodies are making me hungry. I'll take a dozen of these little orange sugar donut holes. ;-)
    ~ Sarah

  32. Our church had a Mardi Gras themed dinner one year and we made the beignets for dessert...they were a huge hit. Yours are making my mouth water Lynn!

  33. I would love to try this some time. I've never tried to make my own donuts before. Pat

  34. These sound way too good to pass up. I'm trying them!


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