Baked Beignets

Makes about one dozen beignets

3 c. flour

1/4 c. sugar

1 pkg. active dry yeast (OR 2-1/4 tsp.)

1-1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

4 T. butter, cold and cubed

3/4 c. buttermilk

1/4 c. warm water

1 egg, large

1 tsp. vanilla extract

In large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, yeast, powder, soda and salt. Cut in butter with a pastry knife until mixture is crumbly and about the size of peas OR pour mixture in food processor and pulse until right texture is achieved then return to large mixing bowl.

Add buttermilk, water, egg and vanilla to flour mixture. Beat on low speed with dough hook or paddle attachment until just combined. Knead by hand or continue mixing on medium speed until dough pulls together and forms a smooth blob; this will take about 5 minutes by mixer. 

Spray bowl with nonstick cooking spray and place dough in bowl. Cover with damp cloth and place in warm area to rise 15-20 minutes. 

Remove dough from bowl and roll out about 1/4" to 1/2" thick. Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to slice dough into four rows and three columns. Place dough pieces on cookie sheets and cover with a piece of plastic wrap, sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Allow to rise in a warm place for 45 minutes. 

Preheat oven to 400 F. Bake 10-12 minutes or until a little golden brown. Sift powdered sugar over warm beignets and devour. These would also be delicious with Chocolate Syrup or Praline Sauce!

Source: Slightly adapted from 400 Calories or Less