I loooooooooooooooove fried food. Like, seriously love it. But I know how bad it is for me–I break out almost instantly! Plus, it’s hard to deep-fry stuff at home because it uses a ton of oil and makes a huge mess of my kitchen. So as often as possible, I try to find ways to make my favorite cravings without deep-frying them.
Beignets are the traditional New Orleans version of a food that basically every culture has–fried dough. Tossed in powdered sugar and served with a hot cafe au lait, they’re an indulgent treat. And I have an insanely easy, cheater-cheater-pumpkin-eater way to make them. Without mixing up a yeast dough, and waiting for them to rise. Without the grease-splattered kitchen. You ready?
Baked in the oven.
Yep–this is where I give up any hopes of authenticity in favor of satisfying that craving for something sweet and doughy. But they’re so good, you might not care how “authentic” they are. The coconut oil creates a crunchy outside to contrast with a soft sweet interior, although you can use regular ol’ cooking spray if you don’t have coconut oil.