It’s Mardi Gras! Happy Fat Tuesday!

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It’s Mardi Gras time again already! It sure did come up quick this year, being that Easter is actually at the end of March. Some of us use today as a day to eat yummy treats, especially when celebrating at Disney or of course in New Orleans. Wouldn’t you LOVE to be Walt Disney World’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, stacking on some warm Mickey Beignets? Me too! Since I can’t be there, I thought I’d share the recipe for these amazing treats. Enjoy, and have a wonderful, and “filling” day today!

Disney Parks Mickey Beignets

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 packet active instant dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup evaporated milk
7 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup Crisco vegetable shortening, for frying
powdered sugar

Directions:

In a small bowl, pour entire packet of dry yeast into warm water. Stir until dissolved. Pour into a large mixing bowl. Add sugar, salt, eggs and evaporated milk. Blend well with electric mixer. Add in the flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill in fridge 3-4 hours or overnight, if possible.

Dump out the chilled dough on a floured surface and knead until smooth and no longer sticky. Split dough in half and set one half aside. It is easier to work with one mound at a time. Roll out to 1/8″ thickness with a lightly floured rolling pin. Using a Mickey-shaped cookie cutter, cut out as many shapes as you can then re-roll leftover dough and cut again. Repeat. If you do not have a Mickey-shaped cookie cutter, simply use a pizza cutter and run it across the dough crosswise then again lengthwise to create 2×2″ squares.

Heat the vegetable shortening in a deep pan until it lightly smokes. Carefully drop the Mickey-shaped dough into the hot oil. Let it cook until golden brown then flip to cook opposite side. Remove from pan and let drain on a paper towel-line plate. Repeat for remaining dough.

Place the cooked beignets on a serving platter and sprinkle heavily with powdered sugar.

Author: Michele

Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the book “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 96.5 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others.

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