Searching for Beignets
- Kathleen Mikulis
Is there any place in the Bay Area that carries beignets - you know the tasty New Orleans "doughnuts."
I think Le Krewe in the Mission has them but it would be nice if there was a cafe or cheaper restaurant (or even a grocery store) that carried them.
It's true--the mix is amazingly easy and tasty. They really do taste just like the ones in New Orleans. Just make sure to pick up a box of powdered sugar for dusting! If deep-frying's not your thing though, Tita's Haile Aina in the Castro (on 17th near Noe, I think) serves warm made-to-order malasadas, (Portuguese-style puffy doughnuts) which are very similar to beignets.
re: brad kaplan
I'm very glad to read that! I've never been to New Orleans, so I couldn't what the ideal beignet is. And I can't say I was thrilled by the beignets at Kingfish, though the waiter raved about them. They were fresh, light, but rather tasteless--much less interesting than I had expected, and I thought, "What's the fuss about beignets, if this is it?"
In Berkeley, Cafe Fanny often has them for breakfast with a side of marmalade. They are more refined and pricey than at Cafe du Monde, but they are tasty.
Oh...to have a Cafe du Monde in San Francisco...all profit.
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/8 cup milk
Mix ingredients and knead...roll out to 1/4 in thick
Fry in shortening, preferably...rather than oil. That is pretty much what is in the mix, except that they use "self-rising" flour.