Fat Tuesday is better with Beignets

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Growing up in Haiti, Mardi-Gras “Fat Tuesday” was fun and bittersweet.  It was the last day of the three days of carnival celebration.  What I used to enjoy the most was eating those delicious beignets that my grandmother made us.  Any Haitian could relate to beignets as you would find them at every corner during the carnival celebration.

I want my children to know about my culture.  Every year, for Fat Tuesday, we eat beignets, play carnival songs, dance and laugh at ourselves.  Life is about creating memories and every moment is a special occasion to create a new one.

What I used to make my beignets today

Vegetable oil for deep frying

2 ripe bananas, mashed.

1 cup all-purpose flour.

1 teaspoon baking powder.

1 large egg, beaten.

¼ cup milk

¼ cup granulated sugar, plus more to sprinkle on beignets before serving.

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

1 teaspoon nutmeg powder

1 pinch of salt.

Preparation

In a mixing bowl, I combined all the ingredients and mixed them well using a hand mixer on low speed until the mixture was smooth.

After heating the oil in a pan, I took 1 tbsp worth of batter for each beignet and fried them about one minute per side and I removed them once they became a golden color.

I drained them onto a paper towel.  My daughter enjoyed to sprinkle the confectioner’s’ sugar on the hot beignets.

It’s a rich dessert, after all, it’s Fat Tuesday, we will fast tomorrow.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. You know, I’ve never had a beinget before. I had a bunch of the fifth graders giving me a hard time about it at one of the school functions I volunteered at because they are a staple in Houston with all the New Orleans influence here. I guess I’ll just have to make my own because this looks fun!

  2. OMG, thanks for the recipe for Beignets. I always wanted to try them when I saw Princess and the Frog. But, can you make it without bananas? I have a banana allergy.

  3. Creating memories around special occasions is one of my favorite things. When food is involved, even better! These look delicious!

  4. Omg how yummy! To be honest I totally forgot about Fat Tuesday this year! I’m so bummed since I’m all about themed days

  5. I’ve never had the chance to go to any type of Mardi Gras celebrations or even tried a beignets ever. BUT now that I know how easily I can create one at home, I am definitely going to give it a try!

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