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
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup evaporated milk
7 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup Crisco vegetable shortening, for frying
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.
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