Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Mardi Gras + Princess Tiana's Beignet Recipe

Today is Mardi Gras! So tonight for dinner I am making Jambalaya and Princess Tiana's beignets.

Diseny's Princess Tiana is a girl from New Orleans during the 1920's who kisses a frog and ends up turning into a frog herself. The frog she kissed was a prince who was turned into a frog, now he has to kiss a princess to turn both of them back into humans.
Here are a few pictures of Disney's Princess Tiana in case you don't know who she is...
Tiana before she became a princess.

This is from last October when Justin and I went to Disney World... we saw Princess Tiana and Prince Navine.
Tiana with her famous beignets.
Yes, I am a dork... but I LOVE Disney! Last October when Justin and I went to Walt Disney World  we stayed at the Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, and of course, they had Tiana's Beignets. I fell in LOVE with them! So I knew that this Mardi Gras I was going to have to make them!

Here is the recipe:

Princess Tiana's Famous Beignets

3 cups Flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 teas baking powder
1/2 teas baking soda
1/2 teas salt
1/2 teas nutmeg
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup water
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teas vanilla extract
Tons of powdered sugar
Vegetable Oil

In a medium bowl, combine 2 1/4 cups of the flour with the sugar, baking powered, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Whisk everything together.

In a large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, water, egg, and vanilla extract. Stir in the flower mixture from Step 1.

Use some of the remaining flour to dust your work surface. Place the dough on it and pat into a large 1/2 inch think square. Dust the top with more flour if it gets sticky. Next, slice the dough into 2 1/2 inch squares.

Now it's time to fry the beignets. Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil in a heavy saucepan on the stove-top until the temperature reaches 325*  on a deep-fat thermometer. Check the temperature every so often while cooking. If it gets too hot, temporarily turn the heat down.

Carefully drop 3 dough squares at a time into the hot oil. Fry them for 3 minutes, turn them over, and continue frying for 3 more minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the beignets to a wire rack set atop paper towels to drain. Dust the beignets with confectioners' sugar and ENJOY!
Hope you have a wonderful Fat Tuesday!


  1. WOW thank you i have been looking to make these for my 10 year old Daughter since we first watched Disneys The princess and the frog.
    I am off shopping for the ingredients now so once again THANK YOU X

  2. I'm thrilled I could help! Please let me know how your daughter likes them!