Step 1: You will need
- 160 ml water
- 45 g butter, cubed
- a pinch of salt
- 120 g flour
- 3 eggs
- 1 tbsp pastry cream, original recipe of the Videojug website
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 500 ml vegetable oil
- icing sugar for dusting
- 2 saucepans
- 1 wooden spoon
- 1 slotted spoon
- 1 tray covered with kitchen paper
- 1 bowl
- 1 spoon
- 2 teaspoons
Step 2: Make the dough
Into a saucepan put the water, butter, sugar, and salt.
Bring it to a boil for about half a minute then add the flour, stirring immediately for the mixture to thicken.
When it has thickened, take it off the heat.
Step 3: Add the eggs
Break each egg individually into the saucepan and gently stir them into the flour mixture until thoroughly combined and smooth.
Step 4: Add the pastry cream
As this is optional, if you want to add the pasty cream, now is the time. Spoon the pastry cream into the dough and mix in thoroughly then transfer it to a bowl.
Step 5: Fry the beignets
Heat the oil in a saucepan over a medium temperature.
When heated, take a rounded teaspoonful of the batter and drop it into the oil. Add about 6 at a time and move them around with a slotted spoon. Fry for a few minutes.
When the beignets are golden brown, crispy, and have expanded, remove and place them onto a tray covered with kitchen paper to drain off excess oil.
Continue repeating the same process until all the dough is used up.
Step 6: Serve
Dust the beignets with icing sugar and serve straight away. These make an indulgent but delicious snack for any time of the day.