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Beignets Bring the Flavor of New Orleans to Your Kitchen

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1 envelope active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water (approx. 105 degrees)
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup evaporated milk
7 cups flour, divided use
1/4 cup shortening, softened
Oil for deep frying
Powdered sugar

In large bowl, sprinkle yeast over the warm water; stir to dissolve and let stand for 5 minutes. Add sugar, salt, beaten eggs, and evaporated milk. Whisk or use electric mixer to blend thoroughly. Add 4 cups of the flour; beat until smooth. Add shortening; gradually blend in remaining flour. Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 4 hours or overnight. Roll out on floured board to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into 2 1/2 to 3-inch squares. Deep fry at 360 degrees for 2 to 3 minutes until lightly browned on both sides. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle generously with powdered sugar. Serve hot with coffee.
Dough can be cut and frozen, separated in container with waxed paper.

Makes 4 to 5 dozen.


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