The Gumbo Bros Beignets

Chef Adam Lathan shows us how to make a sweet Mardi Gras treat
Updated: Mar. 1, 2022 at 11:30 AM CST
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  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Envelope Yeast
  • 8 Cups AP flour
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • Canola Oil
  • Powdered sugar


  1. Pour 1-1/2 cups of warm water in a mixing bowl. Add sugar and yeast in a large bowl and let sit for 15 minutes to activate the yeast.
  2. Beat the eggs and mix in the evaporated milk, salt, vanilla and add to the yeast & water.
  3. Mix in half the flour slowly and add the shortening. Add remaining flour and stir to combine.
  4. Remove the dough and knead on a floured surface until the ball is smooth. Put the dough into a large bowl and cover with a towel. Leave it out at room temperature for 4-8 hours.
  5. After the dough has risen, roll the dough out on a clean, flat surface and cut into 2-inch squares.
  6. Heat oil to 370 degrees and drop in the beignets. Fry until golden (about 8 minutes) and remove.
  7. Toss in powdered sugar and serve warm.

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