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Wide view of a bowl f stacked old-fashioned beignets beside a bowl of powdered sugar and a fine mesh sieve.

Old Fashioned Beignets


Old Fashioned Beignets are a great way to celebrate Fat Tuesday and wrap up Mardi Gras. These beignets are made without yeast and ready in about 40  minutes.



2 ½ cups bread flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup milk

2 large eggs, separated

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Zest of ½ lemon (optional)

4 tablespoons melted butter

Powdered sugar

Vegetable oil for frying


Fill a Dutch oven with about 3-4 inches of vegetable oil. Hook a candy thermometer on the side of your pot.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.

In a smaller bowl, stir together the milk, egg yolks, vanilla, and lemon zest.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

Use a spatula to combine the ingredients until a batter forms. 

In another medium glass or metal bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the egg whites on medium speed until stiff peaks form, and then gently fold the egg whites into the batter.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow it to rest for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with a paper towel. Set aside.

Place your Dutch oven over medium-high heat and bring it up to 375 degrees.

Use a cookie scoop to drop the batter into the hot oil, 4 or 5 at a time.

Fry until they are a medium golden brown – about 3-4 minutes.

The beignets will flip over on their own as they cook.

Use a wire spider or slotted spoon to remove the beignet to drain on the paper towel-lined baking sheet.

Continue with the remaining batter.

While the beignets are still hot, lightly brush them with the butter and dust them with powdered sugar.

Serve immediately.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Deep fry
  • Cuisine: New Orleans

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