Before I get to the reason for the name of this recipe and the recipe itself, a bit of fun information as a followup to my recent Disney on Ice post for my local friends.
GO TO THE END OF THE POST TO FIND OUT ABOUT A SPECIAL EVENT HERE IN SALT LAKE CITY TOMORROW MORNING THAT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC TO MEET SOME OF THE CHARACTERS IN TOWN FOR THIS WEEK’S DISNEY ON ICE 100 YEARS OF MAGIC!
Well, Winter seems to have arrived early and with a vengeance here in Utah. We’ve had quite the round of snow storms for the past few days. Though it is clear today, and expected to be so for the rest of the week for the most part, we have quite a bit of snow piled up already.
I love making beignets because the cutting process has been simplified and there is no extra rolling needed or extra holes to deal with. Don’t get me wrong, I love all doughnuts, but for ease and satisfaction, in my opinion beignets can’t be beat. Plus instead of dealing with making a glaze, my boys are just fine with a sprinkling (or dousing!) of powdered sugar… which, appropriately enough makes them think of SNOW!
I mentioned back in my first Disney on Ice post that I had some Disney stories and recipes inspired by them to share and that my life could be soundtracked from Disney songs and memories. If you are a fan of the Disney movie, The Princess and the Frog, then you’ll recognize why I called these warm, sugary beignets ‘Man Catchin’. The Princess and the Frog is one of our favorite movies, and the first time I saw it was not long after Kayla was born.
My boys are serious doughnut lovers of any kind, but they definitely do have a soft spot for beignets. So, I can understand why Tianna and Charlotte say these beauties are the way to a man’s (or a Prince’s) heart.
Some may think it silly, but the nostalgia from my favorite memories around the messages in the Disney movies and songs has been a constant over the years and has been such a source of comfort to me over the years. I grew up with it and it connects me through my life time. I think it’s actually probably that way for a lot of us, so I just wanted to share what it meant to me. When Tianna has to learn the lesson of, ‘you may not get what you wanted, but you got what you needed’ and the song sung at the end of the movie by Ne-Yo about what you never knew you needed. Since we had absolutely no idea or inkling that Kayla was going to be born with Down syndrome, something I really didn’t know much of anything about and was quite afraid of when we found out, it was rather poignant for me when I heard the song – especially the chorus of, “you’re the best thing I never knew I needed.”
It took a while to adjust how Kayla’s diagnosis affected me. It was hard for a long time, but more because of the unknown medical risks and challenges she would face socially as well that made it difficult. She is the glue in our family though and is absolute, pure joy. We can’t imagine her any other way and, honestly, the only part of her challenges I (or any parent) would change is the medical affects. Her personality is beyond perfection. Everyone used to tell me that, but it’s just one of those things I had to learn for myself.
I can’t wait to take her to Disney on Ice this Friday afternoon and be privileged to watch the magic through her eyes! Then when we come home, we’ll have some more hot chocolate and maybe even some beignets!
There really isn’t a lot traditional about this version of the beignet recipe what-so-ever. I’m taking creative license here, because these are our ‘I’m in a hurry and want doughnuts’ version. It is based equally off a beignet recipe I scratched out a few years ago and my favorite fry bread recipe. The point is, it’s a low maintenance, easy to make dough that only has to puff and rise once before frying and puffing in the oil. You could easily leave out the cinnamon and sugar, replace the apple cider with water, and use this recipe for savory applications as fry bread. Just sayin’.
As for the Salted Caramel White Hot Chocolate, it is sweet, creamy and oh-so-good! It isn’t difficult to make, but I’m going to dedicate an entire post to the issues around my Salted Caramel Powder recipe for my two hot chocolate recipes. I’ll have that for you in the next post so please tune back in soon!
Apple Cider Beignets
1/2 cup apple cider, lukewarm (or water)
1 package active dry yeast
1 tablespoon dark brown or light brown sugar
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 large egg, beaten
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Oil for frying (about 1 quart)
Powdered sugar for sprinkling
In a large mixing bowl, stir together the warm apple cider and yeast. Let it foam and bubble for 5 minutes. Add the brown sugar, buttermilk, egg, vanilla and melted butter and whisk well. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and cinnamon. Add to the wet ingredients and stir well to make a smooth soft dough. Sprinkle the top of the dough with a little extra flour and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm place until risen, about 1 hour. Remove the dough from the bowl with a rubber spatula or bowl scraper onto a floured surface and sprinkle with a little more flour if needed. Pat or roll the dough into a large, flat rectangle about 1/4″ thick. Cut into small 2×2 inch (approximately) sized squares. Heat oil to 375 degrees in a large pot with high sides and fry the squares a few at a time, not crowding the pan. Remove hot fried dough pieces and place them on paper towels or a paper bag to drain. Sprinkle liberally with powdered sugar and serve warm. They are also really good the next day (if any survive) reheated or cold. The recipe makes a lot of squares – I’ve never counted because it depends on how big you cut them, but I usually end up with somewhere around 3 dozen.
DISNEY ON ICE CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF MAGIC with an ICE CARVING DEMONSTRATION
Salt Lake Community College Culinary Club Students to Carve Iconic Disney Ice Sculptures at The Gateway Shopping Center on Wednesday, November 14
Salt Lake City, UT (November 5, 2012) – To kick off Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic coming to the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, members of the Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) Culinary Club will participate in a fun-filled ice carving demonstration depicting iconic Disney character images during the morning of Wednesday, November 14th at The Gateway Shopping Center’s Olympic Legacy Plaza. The event will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., with special appearances by the stars of Disney On Icecelebrates 100 Years of Magic.
“We were delighted for the opportunity to participate in this event and showcase our passion for all things culinary,” said Stephanie Callison Tanner, SLCC Culinary Club President. “Our three competing members can’t wait to roll up their sleeves and get carving.”
The three carvers include SLCC Culinary Program students Gary Manoukian, 36, Oscar Villalobos, 25, and Jerry DeStafano, 29. All three chose to partake in the demonstration to enhance their artistic skills and learn new techniques for ice carving. When asked why he entered the carving demo, Villalobos said, “Ice and a chainsaw, what could be more fun?”
The fun will continue that evening with the opening night performance of Disney On Icecelebrates 100 Years of Magic at 7:00 p.m. at EnergySolutions Arena, where more than 60 ofDisney’s captivating characters and their unforgettable stories will come to life in this commemorative celebration, produced by Feld Entertainment. In this lavish ice show, everyone’s favorite sweethearts, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, take audiences on a fun-filled adventure, sharing memories with Disney friends including Goofy & Donald Duck; the beloved Disney Princesses; Buzz Lightyear & Woody; Nemo & Dory; Pinocchio & Jiminy Cricket; Belle & The Beast; The Incredibles plus many more – and magical moments fromDisney’s Aladdin, Mulan and The Lion King.
DON’T FORGET! Tickets to the shows are still available and you can use the special discount code MOM to receive $5 tickets on certain shows and levels. See my first Disney on Ice post for all the details on discounts!
Disclaimer: I have been provided tickets to see Disney on Ice 100 Years of Magic with my family. My opinions, memories and nostalgic ramblings about all things Disney are 100% my own and sharing the magic with my readers is something I’m more than happy to do! I hope I’ll see you there at the Gateway tomorrow!