When the craving for beignets hits try these Easy Bacon Beignets with warm maple syrup on the side. These are quick to put together because unlike traditional beignets they do not require yeast.
If you’ve ever been to New Orleans you know that a stop at Cafe du Monde for original beignets is a must. They make their famous, fluffy beignets with yeast which is always a bit of a project! You need to wait for the yeast to rise, then roll them out. This easy recipe is my go-to because when my hungry teenagers want beignets I know they need to be ready quickly!Jump to Recipe
Bacon makes everything better!
One of my favorite ways to prepare beignets is by adding an unexpected ingredient, such as smoky bacon. This recipe is a basic easy beignet recipe and can be prepared without any additions, but bacon really elevates this treat. Other delicious additions and combinations I have tried include:
- Shredded crab
- Finely chopped shrimp and scallions
- Finely chopped jalapenos or red peppers
- Finely shredded Parmesan cheese
- Chocolate chips
Tips for making Easy Beignets with Bacon
Because these beignets do not include yeast this will be a soft dough, and the best way to drop the dough into the fryer is with a cookie scoop or two spoons.
I like to use a small fryer but it’s just as easy to use a heavy dutch oven. You will need to fill either about 3 inches deep with vegetable or canola oil. It’s important that the oil is hot enough so start at 375F because the oil will drop in temperature as you add beignet dough.
The beignets will rise to the surface of the oil as soon as they begin to puff up and if not, the oil is not hot enough. I like to cook a test beignet first to make sure my oil temperature is just right.
Finishing with Powdered Sugar
Once the beignets have cooled a bit add to a bowl of powdered sugar and gently coat.
Easy Beignets with Bacon
- Deep Fryer, optional
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp baking powder
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup water
- 1 large egg
- 3 pieces bacon, chopped
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- ½ cup pure maple syrup, optional
- 4-6 cups canola oil
- Saute 3 pieces of bacon, cool and chop into small pieces
- Prepare a deep fryer with 3-inches of canola oil and heat to 375°F, or heat oil in a deep pot.
- Line a baking sheet or large platter with paper towels.
- In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
- In a small bowl whisk together milk, water, and the egg. Add to the flour mixture and mix well. Fold in the chopped bacon and combine.
- Drop about 1 heaping tablespoon of mixture carefully into the deep fryer. Add about 4-5 more but do not crowd the fryer or pot. Turn after about 3 minutes and finish cooking on the other side. Cook until lightly golden.
- Remove beignets with tongs or a large slotted spoon and place on prepared paper towels to cool. Repeat with all batter.
- Place powdered sugar in a medium bowl and add beignets a few at a time and roll to coat.
- Serve with warm maple syrup.