Fresh Homemade Beignets & Frozen Hot Chocolate

by Holly on August 9, 2013

Fresh Homemade Beignet #recipe from phemomenon.comTrue story. I’m a bit of a jerk when it comes to posting recipes. Apparently I have issues.

There are things I make over and over. I tease about them on my Instagram and Facebook page, thinking, “no worries, I’ll post that soon.”

Then it doesn’t happen. Time and time again. For reals. I really am embarrassed about it!

I actually went through my pictures early this morning in an effort to find the lovely pictures of my favorite, super easy and much-quicker-than-you-think to make Fresh Homemade Beignets. The pictures that I took literally MONTHS ago.

I’ve made them many times before and since and still never gotten this basic recipe posted. It’s time to stop the black hole of not getting things posted. It has gone far beyond the ridiculous. (Certifiable really. Just on the laptop alone (and not including files on the desktop I was using before this) I have WELL OVER 100+ recipes waiting in the wings, photographed, just waiting for editing and sadly in many cases to find my notes.)

My name is Holly and I can’t seem to be organized to save my life.

Frozen Hot Chocolate #recipe from phemomenon.comSo.

I guess this is actually a good thing. I have plenty of things to post and just need to do so! Yippee!

It also means I should probably just keep the words to a minimum sometimes and get some of those recipes out into the universe.

What a way to kick things off!

This is HANDS-DOWN my favorite breakfast. Well, except in the winter when I switch the frozen out for hot Hot Chocolate. More on that soon! (I have THREE versions of my *famous* Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate recipe (made famous via Nikki’s blog, Seeded at the Table, and Mom It Forward) including a tutorial. I WILL get that post done!

The Frozen Hot Chocolate recipe is my riff on the ‘original’ from Serendipity in NYC, which was shared years ago on Epicurious. While the recipe hasn’t received rave reviews all the time, I think it may have more to do with the actual written recipe vs the real thing in their shop. That’s my theory anyway. The recipe itself is a bit tough to understand at first glance and the ingredients list may leave some people in the dark about what to use.

Here is my take on it. I’m a bit more specific about the ingredients and have simplified the list a bit as well as changed the directions to how I like to make it. It’s somewhere between a milkshake/smoothie texture that is thinner like a daiquiri as described in their recipe. If you want it thicker, you could use less milk, but I actually prefer the very drinkable texture (much like the Licuado de Banana con Leche I posted previously that I also love for breakfast, snack, whenever).

Fresh Homemade Beignets #recipe from phemomenon.comAs for the Beignets… dare I say, they are perfect?

I do actually. They cook up perfectly every time and while I’ve substituted a couple of the ingredients here and there, the recipe below is my favorite. The original recipe comes from a now-gone favorite New Orleans restaurant. (Thank goodness that Chef Greg Sonnier shared this recipe!) My ONLY changes are because I am to lazy to remember to keep peanut oil and evaporated milk in my pantry. I’ve made them that way and they are wonderful (and actually ARE slightly lighter), but they are just as heavenly when I’ve used canola to fry in and used whole milk or half-and-half.

We make these babies. ALL. THE. TIME. Do you know how? There is NO rising time.

Let me repeat that. NO RISING TIME. These still get light and yeasty with no waiting. None. You can have fresh, homemade Beignets in as long as it takes you to heat the oil and stir the ingredients together.

As my boys would say… MIND. BLOWN.

So what are you waiting for? Let the good times roll!





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Betty August 10, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I am organizationally challenged as well, but summer is just too short and I have so many things to cross off my list! This looks like it could become my favorite breakfast too- so delicious. ๐Ÿ™‚

Rick August 22, 2013 at 11:08 am

Remember me? Those glasses look so familiar, ha! I’m so glad you were able to use them, and they photographed great! Oh, and I found your blog as well, ha. On top of all that, this looks amazingly delicious. Must try soon.

Holly August 23, 2013 at 9:46 am

Of course I remember you! The glasses were perfect. I can’t wait to use them again (and take better pics since those were just fast ones off my phone ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks again!

Darcia September 9, 2013 at 1:06 am

I think I love you. Too bad we’re both married! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Holly September 9, 2013 at 8:10 am

Darcia! Thank you for that my dear. I needed that giggle on a Monday morning. xo

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