Recipe: Beer Beignets

Mrs. Fields Secrets Beer Beignets
Every year around St. Patrick’s Day we share a beer-based recipe (see here, here, and here), because beer is such a great ingredient to incorporate into dishes. Today’s recipe is a New Orlean’s favorite—beignets (pronounced bin-yay), made with a tasty farmhouse ale. These little pillows of dough fry up to a golden brown crisp on the outside, while staying soft and fluffy on the inside. The beer gives it a sweet, yeasty flavor that’s perfect for dunking in a cup of hot coffee or cocoa for breakfast, dessert, or a snack. (Or all three.) Make the dough the night before you plan to serve these, then let it rest overnight in your fridge. You can use a little dough at a time, or all at once, depending on your crowd and appetite. But I’m warning you: one leads to two, and two leads to 37.

Beer Beignets
adapted from He Cooks She Cooks

1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
3/4 cup warm farmhouse beer (about 105 degrees)
1 Tablespoon + 1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup evaporated milk
3 to 3 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
2 Tablespoons coconut oil or butter

oil for deep frying
powdered sugar for dusting

In a large mixing bowl, combine the yeast, 1 tablespoon of sugar and the warm beer; stir until thoroughly dissolved. Set aside for 10-15 minutes until mixture is frothy on top. Using a hook attachment on your mixer, add the rest of the sugar, salt, the egg and the evaporated milk.

In a separate bowl, add the nutmeg to the flour and stir until combined.  Slowly add half the flour mixture into the wet mixture and mix until smooth.  Add in the coconut oil or butter and mix on medium speed until incorporated. Reduce the speed and add in the remaining flour, kneading until smooth and elastic. Transfer dough to bowl sprayed generously with nonstick spray, then cover with plastic wrap and place in the the fridge overnight. Remove dough from fridge and allow to come to room temperature before frying. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into 3-inch squares.

Heat oil in a deep pot to 360 degrees. Once oil has reached the right temperature, fry 2-3 beignets at a time to avoid overcrowding in the pan. Turn them over as needed to get an even, golden brown color. Remove and drain on a paper towels, then top with a generous sprinkle of powdered sugar and serve immediately.

St. Patrick’s Day Gifts & Homemade Goodies

Are you ready for St. Patrick’s Day? Let me send a little luck your way. We’ve got great ideas for gifts or homemade delights to keep your St. Patrick’s Day golden!

St. Patrick's Day Combo Basket

Our St. Patrick’s Day Combo Basket is such a great gift with a variety of our original decadent cookies and four frosted cookies.

St. Patrick's Day Tins

Fabulous St. Patrick’s Day Tins are a perfect way to add some sweet trickery to your holiday.

St. Patrick's Day Bites Box

Bite-sized goodies in our St. Patrick’s Day Bites Box are a popular pick for leprechauns and humans alike. (Don’t ask me how I know this. I’m sworn to secrecy.)

Happy St. Patrick's Day Big Cookie Cake

Of course, our Big Cookie Cake loves dressing up for any holiday or special occasion, but I think it looks especially great in green. Don’t you?

Now, how about some homemade fun?

St. Patrick's Day Cream Puffs

Our St. Patrick’s Day Cream Puffs are going wild on Pinterest. Not only are they cute, they are delicious! You should make some. Today.

Guinness Brownies

Guinness Brownies are a dense, rich treat that will cure what “ales” you. Get it? Ale? Yeah, you got it.

Rainbow Cookies

Make some Rainbow Cookies with your kids, and then eat them with your kids. And then make some more by yourself, and then eat them by yourself. Just a suggestion.

Now, don’t you feel lucky?

St. Patrick’s Day Fun In a Pinch

Since St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, you can make it an entire day of fun for the whole family with these great ideas for food, treats, and games from top o’ the mornin’ to late at night. Try some of these last-minute ideas for yourself!

Start by setting a leprechaun trap before the kids to go bed. A laundry basket, a stick, and a pot full of broccoli as bait starts all the fun. In the morning, the pot is gone, but the lucky leprechaun who got away has left the kids with a treasure hunt leading to a pot of gold. I love this idea from The Idea Room, especially for little ones.

MF St. Patrick's Day Breakfasts

A proper St. Patty’s Day breakfast can be anything from simple to silly to savory. I love these ideas for green milk with Lucky Charms cereal, a stack of green pancakes, or green eggs and ham.

MF St. Patrick's Day Treats

My St. Patrick’s Day Cream Puffs, Rainbow CookiesGuinness Brownies are fun to make with kids and perfect to take to parties.

MF St. Patrick's Day Dinners

I love these lunch and dinner ideas, which offer fresh takes on traditional fare. Try Shepherd’s Pie, Green Mac ‘n’ Cheese, or Corned Beef and Cabbage Pizza. I want them all!

Have a wonderful, safe, St. Patrick’s Day, and may all your rainbows lead to a pot of gold!

Recipe: Guinness Brownies

MF Guinness Brownies
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, it’s time once again for a baking with beer recipe! This brownie recipe is decadent, fudge-y, and oh so rich! There is no strange beer taste (or aftertaste) in this recipe. The beer actually enhances the richness of the chocolate, for swoon-worthy bite after bite. Make a batch of these for St. Patrick’s Day and you’ll have an instant party wherever you go. (Plus, these are perfectly fine for kids since the alcohol bakes off in the high temperature oven.)

Guinness Brownies

1 cup flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
4 eggs, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups Guinness Extra Stout beer, room temperature, no foam
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour a 9×13 pan. In a medium bowl, stir flour, cocoa powder, and salt until evenly combined. In a double boiler over low heat, melt butter, bittersweet and semi-sweet chocolate, and white chocolate chips, stirring frequently until completely melted and smooth. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add a few spoonfuls of the egg mixture into the chocolate mixture to temper it. Stir until combined. Then pour all the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and beat well. Add the flour mixture slowly into the egg mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in the beer, followed by the semi-sweet chocolate chips and mix until combined. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool before serving.

Looking for other beer recipes? Check out our Tangy Cheese SoupBeer Bread, and  Tailgate Chili. Yum!

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