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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Day 6 (May 6th 2010): What's Cookin'?!

I didn't even have to think that hard on this one! Mini Me received The Princess and the Frog: Tiana's Cookbook Recipes for Kids  as one of her birthday gifts from my MIL. We've fallen IN LOVE with Tiana's Famous Beignets. And since my husband is from New Orleans, it was only right that I make them and perfect them!

Here's the recipe:

Tiana's Famous Beignets
From: The Princess and the Frog: Tiana's Cookbook Recipes for Kids
Makes about 2 dozen small beignets or 14 large ones


3 cups flour

1/3 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 cup buttermilk

1/3 cup water

1 egg, beaten

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

vegetable oil (for frying)

powdered sugar (for dusting)

Directions: (Note: this is my interpretation of the recipe and not the exact wording from the book)

1. In a bowl, combine dry ingredients, minus the powdered sugar (which is for the garnish) and 1/4 cup of the flour (you'll use that when kneeding the dough).

2. Whisk together the buttermilk, water, egg and vanilla.

3. Pour into flour mixture and mix into a dough.

4. Meantime, heat oil in a pan on the stove to a steady 325 degrees. Oil should be about 2 inches thick give or take. Note: this part should be done by an adult and it would be best to have kids no where near the stove in case the oil splatters when dough is dropped in! So if you're having your kids help out with making the dough be sure to do this at the table or another area of the counter.

5. Dust counter/table with remaining flour. Take your gooey dough out of the bowl and place into flour and kneed a bit.

6. Make dough into a large 1/2 inch thick square and slice into squares. About 2/5 inches for traditional beignets (or smaller for little kid mouths).

7.Drop a few beignets into the hot oil (making sure to keep the temperature constant and not let it get too hot). Fry for about 3 minutes then flip for 3 more. If making smaller ones, cook for 2 minutes or so on each side. They should be a nice golden brown color when done. Again - this is a step only adults should do because hot oil is dangerous.

8. Remove beignets with a slotted spoon and let cool on paper towels in a plate or on a wire rack.

9. Move back to your kid-friendly area and let the kids dust the tops of the beignets with the powdered sugar. Use a sifter for optimum dusting New Orleans style

We used this Honey Butter recipe from Raising Chefs.

Honey Butter Sauce


1 stick unsalted butter

1/2 cup honey


1. In a small saucepan add the butter and hooney and bring to a boil.

2. Cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

3. Top the beignets with powdered sugar then drizzle this yummy sauce on top!

Here's pictures I took a few weeks ago when I made then with my baby girl!

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