*Sung to the tune of Raspberry Beret* I ate a raspberry beignet. The kind you find at a NOLA pastry store. Raspberry beignet. And if you pass it up, we can’t be friends much more. Raspberry beignet. I think I’d love one more.
Okay, fine – 10 more. I’m a glutton.
Granted, the only words I know from that whole Prince song are the “Raspberry Beret” part – I still couldn’t help but sing that chorus over and over and over while I was making these. I’m a failed product of the 80’s if I can’t sing all the words to Raspberry Beret…but I am a champ at eating Raspberry BEIGNETS!!
All week we’ve been celebrating our favorite doughnuts, deep fried carbs, and what you can do with them. But you know as the saying goes – save the best for last – and buddy, THESE ARE THE BEST! I have always wanted to go to NOLA, hear the music, tour the cemeteries (I know, it’s random, but I’m drawn to the history, culture and knowing who literally came before us.) and of course, duh – the food. Beignets have always been top of the list of NOLA-Must-Haves so, since I’m not planning any trips down there in the immediate future (jots onto list of places to go. Yes, I have a list.) I had to try and make them myself.
Beignets always seemed like some daunting, mystical Only-To-Be-Made-In-NOLA kinda food. But I couldn’t help it, they needed to be made. Such a rebel. And I have to tell you all – MAKE THESE, MAKE THESE, MAKE THESE! Did that convinced you yet? Well, if that doesn’t – then the fact that this is a single-rise dough should. It means less rising time from start to finish, unlike the other doughnuts from this week. Less time rising means more time eating and that’s all that matters, right? Right!
Beignets are light, fluffy, yet crunchy on the outside, and the perfect vehicle for mountains of powdered sugar and raspberry glaze. My life changed. Also, I’m looking into trips to NOLA. Im convinced that as good as they are in when consumed in the PNW, they will taste 73,213 times better actually consumed in New Orleans. The atmosphere totally does something to the taste of things. If you can’t make it to New Orleans any time soon, give these a try for an authentic NOLA feel. You’ll be jonesing for a second batch as soon as you finish the first.
If you’re just catching up to the Doughnut Week shindig, be sure to catch up now!
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