I think I may have overdone it embracing fall…. Between these Beignets, my Pumpkin Spice Granola, and a few other treats I’m working on, my kitchen is exploding with harvest scents and colors.
Not that I’m complaining – the food is one of the few things I like about fall. I hate that there is less sun, that it’s cold (without any snow to ski on) and all this darn football. Ugh. At least I have pumpkin spice and apple cinnamon errrything to console me.
Speaking of which – these beignet. Whoa. Now look, I’m not comparing them to something out of New Orleans – but they are really good. I retrained myself and only topped them with powdered sugar, though I’d image they’d be pretty dreamy with ice cream. (Not vegan? Try Take A Megabite’s Cinnamon Ice Cream on top!) Either way fall is here, and whether you love it or hate it, it tastes SO. GOOD.
I became obsessed with beignet’s this summer, after seeing the movie Chef (for reals, watch it). I went once, by myself to see it while Joe was out of town shooting, and looooooved the movie. Beignet’s are mentioned quite a few times, and there is a really nice scene where Jon Favreu’s character has one with his son. Anyway, I love the movie so much, that when Joe came back I convinced him to go see with me, and I saw the movie for the second time. Long story short, on the walk home from the movie, on our way to get ice cream – he proposed. So that movie, and beignet, will always have a special place in my heart.
This is definitely not the most diet friendly dessert I’ve shared with you, but I’ve loved this idea for so long, I couldn’t waste all the beautiful Fuji from the farmer’s market that I’ve been buying. Once in a while is ok, right? (Right?) I have big plans to start running again tonight, so that will totally make up for this!
I promise my next dessert will be healthier (And scrumptious. Like couldn’t wait to pout it out of the blender before I started eating it with a spoon food.) and oh so easy – like 4 ingredients and ready in about 5 minutes. In the mean time, what are the foods you are craving this fall??
I’m going to be spending my weekends as a football widow cooking up a storm, so follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to see what I’m cooking and eating, and what I’m up to – just because it’s sweater season doesn’t mean the fun has to stop
- 3/4 cup Soy milk (or any milk of your choice)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry Yeast
- 1 tablespoons Sugar
- 1 1/4 cups Flour plus some for working on the surface
- Pinch of Baking Soda
- Pinch of Salt
- 4 cups Vegetable Oil
- 1 Apple, chopped into tiny pieces
- 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
- Confectioners' sugar for serving
- Heat the milk and lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until lukewarm. Remove from heat and whisk in the yeast and the sugar and set aside for 5 minutes. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt, and mix on low speed, using a dough hook, for 3 to 4 minutes. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set the dough aside in a warm spot for 1-2 hour hours.
- While dough is rising cook apple pieces with cinnamon on medium heat for 10 minutes, covered. Stir apples and cook for another 2-3 minutes, and then let cool.
- Fill a pot with vegetable oil until reaches 3-4 inches deep, and heat it until reaches 375°F Line a plate with paper towels and set aside.
- Lightly flour your work surface and turn the dough out on it. Sprinkle the top of the dough with flour, gently press to flatten, in a large rectangular shape. Dust again and roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut 12 rectangular pieces of dough, and spoon 1 heaping teaspoon of the apple mixture on one side of dough. Fold over other side and lightly pinch the edges.
- Carefully drop the beignet into the oil. Add 2-3 beignets and fry until puffed and golden brown, turning them often with a slotted spoon, for 2 to 3 minutes. Watch the oil temperature and make sure it doesn't cool down too much.
- Transfer beignet to a paper towel lined sheet to drain while you cook the rest. Keep in an oven at 200° to keep warm.
- Serve while still warm, sprinkled with confectioners sugar.