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Recipe: Cranberry Beignets

November 22nd 01:11am, 2017

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Let’s face it: Everyone has cranberry sauce leftover after a Thanksgiving meal. You’d notice if it was missing from the table, but there’s only so much you can take of its sweet-tartness when the rest of your plate is piled high with comfort food. So what to do with the extra sauce? I’m here to help.

I intended to make jelly doughnuts, but I couldn’t find my round cookie cutter, so I had to use my square one instead. To my surprise, the only difference between beignets and doughnuts are their shape … so I made beignets!

Jelly-filled beignets can be made the night before and refrigerated to rise overnight, or you can start them earlier in the morning in time for a late weekend brunch. They are adaptable; swap the citrus zest for a teaspoon of vanilla or almond extract. Fill them with leftover cranberry sauce, toss them in sugar and serve immediately to people you love.

 

Cranberry Beignets
Adapted from a recipe at Smitten Kitchen 
8 to 10 servings

3 oz. lukewarm milk
2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1¼ tsp. active dry yeast
1 egg yolk
Zest of half a lemon or orange
1 Tbsp. butter, softened
1 cup plus 2½ Tbsp. all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
Pinch of kosher salt
Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
½ cup cranberry sauce
Powdered sugar to coat

• Mix the milk, sugar and yeast in a large bowl and let sit for 5 minutes, until it starts to foam.
• Whisk in the yolk, zest and butter until combined. Add the flour and the salt, then mix with your hands to bring the dough together into a sticky ball. Transfer it to a well-oiled mixing bowl and let rise in a dark corner about 1 hour.
• On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough about 2 inches thick. Use a square cookie cutter or sharp knife to cut 2-by-2-inch squares and place on a cookie sheet. Cover with oiled plastic wrap and let rise in a dark corner 2 to 4 hours or refrigerate overnight.
• In a large high-sided pan, preheat 2 inches oil to 350 degrees over medium heat. If you don’t have a thermometer, check if the oil is ready by placing a wooden spoon handle into the hot oil. When bubbles form around it, the oil is ready.
• Working in batches, fry 3 to 4 beignets about 30 seconds to 1 minute, then carefully flip and fry another 30 seconds to 1 minute, until browned all over. Use a spider to remove the doughnuts and drain on a paper-towel lined plate and let cool. Repeat with the remaining dough.
• Fill a piping bag fitted with a round nozzle with cranberry sauce. Poke a hole into the side of the doughnuts with the nozzle, then gently fill with cranberry sauce until a bit of jam sticks out.
• Serve immediately covered in sifted powdered sugar.

Amrita Song is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine who blogs at A Song in Motion

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By Amrita Song

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