Tiana’s Popular Princess and the Frog Beignet Recipe

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Have your kids seen The Princess and the Frog? It’s a great movie, and we’ve got a delicious beignet recipe straight from New Orleans to go with it! These tasty little treats are perfect for a special breakfast or snack. Plus, they’re really easy to make – even your kids can help out. So what are you waiting for? Get cooking!

Tiana’s Popular Princess and the Frog Beignet Recipe

The Princess and the Frog is one of the most popular kids movies of recent years. If your kids haven’t seen it yet, they’re in for a treat.

The movie is set in New Orleans, and what would New Orleans be without their famous beignets?

These delicious little fried treats are perfect for a special breakfast or snack.

And they’re really easy to make – even your kids can help out.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get cooking!

A plateful of New Orleans beignets inspired by Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog.

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New Orleans Famous Beignet Ingredients

If you’ve ever been to New Orleans, then you know that beignets are a must-have! These delicious pastries are made with an secret recipe that has been passed down for generations.

But what exactly goes into these classic treats? Here are the ingredients you will need to bring this scrumptious treat to life.

Ingredients needed to make French beignets.
  • 1 and 1/2 cups warm water (about 110F)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 packet active dry yeast (or 2 and 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 7 cups bread flour, divided
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 4 cups vegetable oil for frying
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar

How To Make Princess And The Frog Style Beignets

Now that you have all of your ingredients here are the step-by-step instructions for making this simple beignets recipe.

I strongly recommend reading through this recipe first to become familiar with the tasks you’ll be performing.

Step by step instructions to make a fresh batch of New Orleans inspired beignets.

1) In a small sized bowl pour the warm water over the sugar and yeast. Allow this to sit for 5-10 minutes to activate the yeast ingredient.

2) In a separate bowl (preferably a stand mixer if you have one) add eggs. With your whisk attachment, beat eggs for 1 minute. Add salt and evaporated milk.

3) Add the yeast mixture and combine.

4) Slowly add 3 cups of flour while continuing to mix. Add shortening. Continue to mix until everything is combined. Add the remaining flour 1 cup at a time.

Step by step instructions to make a fresh batch of New Orleans inspired beignets.

5) Switch the whisk attachment and replace with a dough hook attachment.

6) Knead the dough until this comes together (for about 5 minutes).

7) Grease a separate large bowl with nonstick cooking spray and transfer the down to this greased bowl. Place a sheet of plastic wrap greased with cooking spray over the top of the bowl and let the dough rise for 3 hours at room temperature.

While you’re waiting for your dough to rise, you’ll want to check out these Princess and the Frog movie quotes. See if you can find your favorite character from the movie before you return to the kitchen.

8) In a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat, add the vegetable oil. You’ll want a depth of at least 2-3 inches.

Step by step instructions to make a fresh batch of New Orleans inspired beignets.

9) Heat the oil until the temperature reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large plate with paper towels and set aside.

10) Add flour to a flat surface and roll your dough out to 1/4″ inch thick. You may cut your dough into any shape. Traditionally beignets are 3-4″ inch squares, so don’t feel obligated to make any other shapes.

Step by step instructions to make a fresh batch of New Orleans inspired beignets.

11) Carefully slide two or three dough squares into the hot oil. (I recommend using this kitchen tool. It’s been a magical kitchen tool in our family to prevent oil spills and hot messes).

12) Fry about 1 minute on each side, until golden brown. Transfer to lined plate and repeat with remaining dough.

13) Allow the freshly cooked beignets to drain for about a minute and then pile high and sprinkle confectioners’ sugar.

Beignets are delicious when eaten fresh, but they can also be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

And there you have it! You’ve just made some delicious Princess and the Frog inspired beignets.

A plateful of New Orleans beignets inspired by Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog.
Yield: 12

Tiana's Popular Princess and the Frog Beignet Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes

If you've ever been to New Orleans, then you know that beignets are a must-have! These delicious pastries are made with an secret recipe that has been passed down for generations.

But what exactly goes into these classic treats? Here are the ingredients you will need to bring this scrumptious treat to life.

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups warm water (about 110F)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 packet active dry yeast (or 2 and 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 7 cups bread flour, divided
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 4 cups vegetable oil for frying
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar

Instructions

    1) In a small sized bowl pour the warm water over the sugar and yeast. Allow this to sit for 5-10 minutes to activate the yeast ingredient.

    2) In a separate bowl (preferably a stand mixer if you have one) add eggs. With your whisk attachment, beat eggs for 1 minute. Add salt and evaporated milk.

    3) Add the yeast mixture and combine.

    4) Slowly add 3 cups of flour while continuing to mix. Add shortening. Continue to mix until everything is combined. Add the remaining flour 1 cup at a time.

    5) Switch the whisk attachment and replace with a dough hook attachment.

    6) Knead the dough until this comes together (for about 5 minutes).

    7) Grease a separate large bowl with nonstick cooking spray and transfer the down to this greased bowl. Place a sheet of plastic wrap greased with cooking spray over the top of the bowl and let the dough rise for 3 hours at room temperature.

    8) In a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat, add the vegetable oil. You'll want a depth of at least 2-3 inches.

    9) Heat the oil until the temperature reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large plate with paper towels and set aside.

    10) Add flour to a flat surface and roll your dough out to 1/4" inch thick. You may cut your dough into any shape. Traditionally beignets are 3-4" inch squares, so don't feel obligated to make any other shapes.

    11) Carefully slide two or three dough squares into the hot oil. (I recommend using this kitchen tool. It's been a magical kitchen tool in our family to prevent oil spills and hot messes).

    12) Fry about 1 minute on each side, until golden brown. Transfer to lined plate and repeat with remaining dough.

    13) Allow the freshly cooked beignets to drain for about a minute and then pile high and sprinkle confectioners' sugar.

    And there you have it! You've just made some delicious Princess and the Frog inspired beignets.

Notes

Beignets are delicious when eaten fresh, but they can also be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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What Do Beignets Taste Like

Most beignets are made from a yeasted dough that is deep-fried and then coated in confectioners’ sugar.

The result is a doughnut-like pastry that is simultaneously light and fluffy, sweet and rich.

Beignets are often served as a dessert, but they can also make for a satisfying breakfast or snack.

While the traditional beignet is square-shaped, variations can be found in different shapes and sizes.

No matter what their form, beignets are always best when they are freshly made and served hot out of the fryer.

When done right, beignets are simply irresistible.

A plate of fresh fried beignets with powdered sugar sprinkled on top.

What Ingredient Does Tiana Add To The Classic Treat That Makes It Her Own Twist?

In the Princess and the Frog movie, Tiana adds honey to the classic beignet recipe to give it a sweetness that is all her own.

The honey adds a depth of flavor to the fried dough that is simply delicious.

While some might say that honey is not an traditional ingredient in beignets, Tiana’s honey-drenched beignets are sure to become a new classic.

So, next time you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, be sure to try adding honey to your beignets!

Leave a comment and let me know what you think about honey drenched beignets.

How Do You Pronounce Beignet?

Beignets (pronounced ben-YAYS) originated in France and made their way to New Orleans in the 18th century.

The original French beignets were simply fried dough coated in sugar.

But the beignets we know and love today are a bit different.

They’re traditionally made with a yeast-based dough and they’re usually square instead of round.

And of course, they’re dusted with powdered sugar.

This dessert is most popular at New Orleans famous Mardi Gras celebration, but you can enjoy them any time of year.

A plate of princess Tiana's beignets from The Princess and the Frog.

Tips On How To Make The Perfect Beignet – Tips and Tricks For Success

Making these New Orleans beignets at home is easier than you think – with just a few tips and tricks, you can make perfect beignets that are crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

Here’s what you need to know:

The key to successful beignets is to proof the yeast before adding it to the batter. This will help ensure that your beignets will be nice and puffy.

Secondly, don’t overmix the batter – once the ingredients are combined, stop mixing.

Overmixing will result in tough beignets.

Lastly, make sure your oil is hot enough before frying – if it’s not hot enough, your beignets will absorb too much oil and become greasy.

The best way to measure the temperature of your oil is to use a thermometer like this one.

The ideal frying temperature for beignets is 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

With these tips in mind, you’re well on your way to making perfect beignets at home. Bon appetit!

Different Variations and Flavors You Can Try Next Time

You don’t need to wait to visit New Orleans to try adding your own flavor to your beignets.

There are plenty of different variations and flavors you can try at home.

Some flavor spices you can add next time include pumpkin spice, gingerbread spice, or a light dusting of powdered candy cane (you’ll want to add the dusted candy cane after the beignets have been fried).

For a chocolate lovers twist, try dipping your beignets in a chocolate sauce or adding some chocolate chips to the dough.

Or, for a fruity twist, try adding some diced fruit to the dough or frying up some sliced fruit as a topping.

And just so you know Disneyland sold a bubblegum flavor beignet as an exclusive treat at their After Dark: 80s Nite event.

But the classic beignet will always be our favorite.

A plate full of fresh and famous beignets.

Get The Princess and the Frog Cookbook

If you’re looking for more princess inspired recipes you’ll want to check out these easy to make recipes. Here are the cookbooks:

Princess and the frog cookbook

Princess And The Frog Cookbook: One Weeks To Learn Cooking With 20 Simple Recipes Princess And The Frog Home Style Cookery. You will find this cookbook here.

This upcoming book offers 50 simple and tasty recipes with step-by-step instructions of each dish. This cookbook will make whipping up everything from New Orleans, like chicken and sausage gumbo to famous sandwiches and dessert an easy breeze.

You will find this cookbook here.

This Princess and the Frog Tiana’s Cookbook is perfect for kids to learn how to cook in the kitchen. The recipes are primarily Southern inspired (especially with the movie being in New Orleans).

You can take a look at this cookbook and read all the raving reviews here.

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