Beignet facts for kids
|Place of origin||Ancient Rome|
|Main ingredients||Dough, powdered sugar|
Beignet ( BEN-yay, also bayn-YAY-,_-BEN-yay, lit. bump) is a type of fritter, or deep-fried pastry, typically made from pâte à choux, but may also be made from other types of dough, including yeast dough.
The term beignet can be applied to two varieties, depending on the type of pastry. The French-style beignet in the United States has the specific meaning of deep-fried choux pastry.
Beignets are commonly known in New Orleans as a breakfast served with powdered sugar on top. They are traditionally prepared right before consumption to be eaten fresh and hot. Variations of fried dough can be found across cuisines internationally; however, the origin of the term beignet is specifically French. In the United States, beignets have been popular within New Orleans Creole cuisine and may also be served as a dessert. They were brought to New Orleans in the 18th century by French colonists, from "the old mother country", also brought by Acadians, and became a large part of home-style Creole cooking. Variations often including banana or plantain – popular fruits in the port city – or berries.
Ingredients used to prepare beignets traditionally include:
- lukewarm water
- granulated sugar
- evaporated milk
- bread flour
- oil or lard, for deep-frying
- confectioners' sugar
In Spanish: Beignet para niños
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