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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
3 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.
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.