French Market Beignets


1 envelope active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup evaporated milk
7 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup shortening, softened
Oil for deep frying
Powdered sugar


1. In large bowl, sprinkle yeast over the warm water. Stir to dissolve and let stand for 5 minutes. Add sugar, salt, beaten eggs, and evaporated milk. Whisk or use electric mixer to blend thoroughly. Add 4 cups of the flour; beat until smooth. Add shortening; gradually blend in remaining flour. Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 4 hours or overnight.

2. Roll out on floured board to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into 2 1/2 to 3-inch squares. Deep fry at 360° for 2 to 3 minutes until lightly browned on both sides. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle generously with powdered sugar. Dough can be cut and frozen, separated in container with waxed paper.