These are exactly the thing that you should not be eating if you are trying to lose weight. Simple carbs, high-glycemic index, but tasty & quick when you have a craving. Missed my yearly trip to NOLA pre-Mardi Gras due to problems at work. That means I missed the bliss that comes from chicory coffee and beignets at Cafe du-Monde. So, I needed a replacement the Sunday before Lent.
Beignets are typically made from a yeasted dough as are doughnuts. However, I’ve found that choux paste works as a great substitute for beignets. What’s also great about the choux paste is that you can add “fillings” like diced apple or pear or whatever, simply by stirring. The best thing I ever ate…fig beignets with foie gras infused chicory coffee at Commander’s Palace…can be approximated at home by dicing some figs and mixing with the choux paste.
For 2 to 3 servings, make an eggs worth of choux. Recall the ratio: 2 part water, 1 part butter, 1 part flour, 2 part egg. Bring 2 oz water & 2 T butter to a simmer. Stir in 1 oz of flour and cook until shiny. Dump into another bowl and stir for about a minute to cool slightly. Beat in the egg until well combined. Stir in some diced condiment, about 1/2 of a finely diced apple in these bad boys. Transfer to a zip bag, snip the end, & pipe 6-1 inch pieces into a pot filled 1/3 with peanut oil heated to 375 degrees. Stir occassionally until the browned, about 3 minutes. Blot with paper towels, then dust with cinnamon & sugar mix. Repeat with remaining choux. Serve still warm with coffee. These won’t last long.