This weekend is The Good Food & Wine Show and I personally can't wait to go, I did however think of you too and decided to post this yummy recipe for you from my food blog .....enjoy!

Beignettes with Vanilla Nut Dipping Sauce ...

Beignettes are just a fancy way of saying mini donuts really , they are bite sized golden , delicious and rather crunchy treats. These lovely treats are best served with a soft creamy dipping sauce (or two).

I  myself do not have an overly sweet tooth surprisingly, however every now and then I do like a comforting dessert to tickle the taste buds ...

This is one of my all time favorites...



Preparation  & Cooking time :  90 minutes
Serves : 6 - 8

Difficulty : 3/10

You will need:

For the Dough  :

3 Cups Plain FLour
1/4 Cup Castor Sugar
3  Tsp Dried Yeast ( approx one sachet)
A pinch of salt
1 Cup warm full cream milk
100gr melted butter
3 Egg yolks

For the Dipping Sauces :

Creamy Vanilla Sauce
200 gr Homemade Cream Cheese or Marscapone Cheese
4 Tbsp Icing Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
Milk to soften and combine

Nutty Chocolate Sauce
6 Tsp Nutella/ Black Cat Chocolate Peanut Butter / Hazelnut Paste with Cocoa
Milk to soften
Or
Chocolate Ganache

Method: (see below for pictorial)

Mix together  1/2 cup castor sugar and 1 Tsp Cinnamon in a bowl and set aside

For the Dough :

- In a glass bowl combine all the dry ingredients for the dough , mix to ensure the yeast is evenly distributed.
- in a glass jug warm up the milk ( not hot! ) , add the egg yolks and sugar and mix
- add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients until the ingredients stick together and pull away from the sides of the bowl.
- remove from the bowl and place onto a well floured surface and knead for 2 minutes or until smooth when stretched
- place this in a greased/ floured bowl in a warm area and leave to rise until it is double it's size

After resting ....
- remove from the bowl , knead again for 2 minutes and then roll into bite sized balls
- deep fry these little balls in boiling hot oil ( a deep fat fryer is ideal) until golden and crispy , throw into the cinnamon sugar mixture directly after removing from the oils and roll to coat each little ball, repeat until all have been done
- set the Beignettes / balls aside for serving

For the Dipping Sauces :

Creamy Vanilla Sauce
In a bowl mix together the cream cheese/ Marscapone , the Vanilla essence and the icing sugar ...add a little milk if necessary to softn and loosen up the cream cheese to a soft smooth and creamy consistency

Nutty Chocolate Sauce
In a bowl mix together the chocolate nut butter and a little milk until you once again reach a smooth , soft and creamy consistency.

You are now ready to serve , place the vanilla dipping sauce in a circle at the bottom of a small bowl/ ramekin. You can then place a smaller circle of the chocolate nut butter in the center of the vanilla dipping sauce.

I personally like to serve as shown below .


** cooks note -
I personally like to serve these little treats whilst they are still slightly warm and still crispy. I also serve approximately 8 Beignettes per person.

Bon Apetit!