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New Orleans-style beignets with anise sugar

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for New Orleans-style beignets with anise sugar.

By Jerrie-Joy Redman-Lloyd
  • Serves 20
  • 30 mins preparation
  • 25 mins cooking plus resting, proving
New Orleans-style beignets with anise sugar
New Orleans-style beignets with anise sugar

Star anise adds subtle spice to these doughnut-like treats from the Deep South - a grown-up touch for a sure-fire favourite.

Ingredients

  • 55 gm (¼ cup) caster sugar
  • 7 gm dry yeast (1 sachet)
  • 250 ml (1 cup) evaporated milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 600 gm (4 cups) plain flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting
  • 60 gm coconut oil, melted and cooled, plus extra for greasing
  • 160 gm (1 cup) pure icing sugar
  • 4 star anise, finely ground with a mortar and pestle
  • For deep-frying: vegetable oil

Method

Main
  • 1
    Combine sugar, yeast and 125ml lukewarm water in a bowl and stir to dissolve yeast. Cover and set aside until foamy (10-12 minutes). Mix in evaporated milk and egg, then half the flour. Transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, add coconut oil and remaining flour, and knead on medium speed until smooth (5-6 minutes). Transfer dough to a bowl lightly greased with coconut oil, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight to prove (it should be doubled in size).
  • 2
    Knock back dough, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to an 8mm-thick rectangle. Cut dough into twenty 7cm diamonds, place on trays lined with baking paper and dusted with flour, cover with a clean tea towel and leave until doubled in size (30-35 minutes).
  • 3
    Combine icing sugar with star anise in a bowl and set aside.
  • 4
    Heat vegetable oil to 180C in a deep-fryer or large saucepan and deep-fry beignets in batches (be careful, hot oil may spit), turning occasionally, until golden and crisp (3-4 minutes). Drain on paper towels, dust generously with anise sugar and serve hot.
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  • Author: Jerrie-Joy Redman-Lloyd