Beignets are normally fried but, I prefer baked…they have less fat and taste just as good, if not better Beignets have become my daughters new favorite food. So, for her birthday sleepover party I baked up a batch of smaller bite sized beignets for her and her friends.
I prepared the dough the night before. I let the dough rise for about 1 hour, then covered and refrigerated until morning.
I removed the dough and let it sit out to come to room temperature. This took about 45 minutes but mostly because it was a cold morning. You could put the dough in the oven to proof again.
Once the dough was warm again. I flipped it out onto a lightly floured counter. Rolled it out into a large rectangle shape.
Using a pizza cutter, I sliced the dough into 2 inch strips.
After cutting the dough into 2 by 2 inch squares, cover and let rise for 30 minutes. Place risen squares on baking sheet that has been lightly coated with cooking spray.
Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until lightly golden.
- 1 (1/4-ounce) envelope active dry yeast
- 3 tablespoons warm water (100° to 110°)
- ¾ cup milk
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- Powdered sugar
- In a large bowl combine yeast and 3 tablespoons warm water; let mixture stand 5 minutes.
- Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat (do not boil). Once small bubbles begin to form on sides of pan, stir in sugar, butter, and salt. Stir until butter is melted. Remove from heat and cool.
- To yeast add milk, egg and 2 cups of flour. Stir with wooden spoon. Dough will be very sticky. Gradually stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
- Turn dough out onto a floured surface; knead 8 to 10 minutes or until dough is smooth.
- Place in a greased bowl, turning to dough to coat. Cover and let rise in a warm place 1 hour or until doubled in size.
- Punch dough down and turn it out onto a floured surface.
- Roll dough into a large rectangle about ¼ in thickness; cut strips to form 2-inch squares. Place on a floured surface; cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Coat baking tray with cooking spray. Place dough 2 inches apart on to tray.
- Bake 7-10 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar while still warm.
You will love these baked beignet bites, they are delicious little square pillows that you can pop in your mouth.