A family of six and their fearless journey through life, love and the pursuit of all things yummy

The Best Puff Pastry May 3, 2012

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A lot of folks have asked me to post this video from my youtube page. Let me know what you think.


Bouncing Beautiful Beignets April 16, 2012

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This is by far the best beignet recipe I’ve ever tried. It’s courtesy of Bobbly Flay, but I “Brandied” it up a bit for my Wild Six. Feel free to add a variety of spices to make it your own. These are a must try because let’s face it, life is too short to eat sub-par fried foods!

1 envelope of yeast, 3/4 cup warm water and 1/4 c. sugar. Mix these together in a mixing bowl and let sit until the yeast becomes liquid (5-10 minutes).

To the yeast mix, add 1-2 T. of orange zest, 1/2 t. of nutmeg, 1 beaten egg, 3/4 t. salt, 1/2 c. milk and 1 1/2 c. flour. Mix that all together. Gradually beat in another 1 3/4 c. flour.

Move dough to dusted surface and knead in about 1/4 c. flour for about 5 minutes. You’ll need to eyeball this to make sure that you’re not adding too much flour. Put in a greased bowl, cover with a tea towel and let rise for about an hour or until it’s double in size.

Punch down and dust a counter with flour. Roll out your dough to about 1/2 inch thickness, Using a 1 inch cookie cutter, cut out your beignets and place on a greased cookie sheet. You may reform the leftover dough to do more beignets. Cover beignets and let them rise about a half an hour. Start heating your oil

Heat canola oil in a fryer until it reaches 350 degrees. Deep fry the beignets in batches until golden brown. Place on cookie sheet covered in paper towels and dust with icing sugar. DYNAMITE!