20 February 2011
B-b-b-b-beignets go hand in hand with B-b-b-b-b-bennie and the Jets....naturally. So before you dive into this Crisco adventure, treat yourself to a little Elton groove, back from when he was in his prime.
DAY ONE: PREP
In the land of Faulkner and Bryn, we repay favors in food. Because money is food. So when Faulkner traded me her 7:45AM volunteer shift for my 6:30AM one, I knew I couldn't just write IOU on a nine of diamonds that I found in the street like last time. And since she's been talking about beignets for three or four days straight, I knew that these fried dough treats were my equalizer. So I skipped on over to Sunflower Market and bought her the only missing ingredient, some Active Dry Yeast and we called it even stevens!
Then we folded together 1 cup lukewarm milk, about 110°F, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1 package dry yeast, 4 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup melted butter, 1/2 teaspoon salt, with 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and put it in the fridge for a good night's sleep. Faulkner'll tell you about how this fried dough spread joy on day two, the windy Sunday morning!
DAY TWO: frytime
Well, let me tell you, those were a success. Eric said "Its like magical sunshine in every bite sprinkled with a hint of jubilance!" How delicious! The day started with both of us thinking about nothing but beignets. I skipped out of my room at 6 15 this morning and saw three silhouettes at the picnic table. Oh how nice! Other morning people. I get a little closer, and they go
-FAULKNER!!! Wanna shot gun a beer?!
-Are you guys for real?
-Haaaaa yeah it's a little tradition we have. It's 6:00 right? Is it Sunday?
-Yes, that is correct.
-Woah, are you biking?
-No I'm helping out at a run.
-You're biking to run?
-Have fun guys!!
With that, I left three boys and six PBRs for some Frozen Foot funsies.
After course marshalling, we went back to the room to roll out the dough and wait for it to rise. We forgot to read that direction. So I rolled it out with a soy sauce bottle and stuck the squares and circles under the heater. Hour later, we poured some Crisco vegetable oil and a 1/4 stick of solid crisco in a pot on medium heat and it started bubbling real quick. We'd recommend smashing the dough around into funky shapes or making them into flat squares. It depends on what kind of shape you're attracted to in food.
You drop the shapes in three at a time at most and they'll bubble a lot and cook really quickly. You'll want to leave them in for a minute at most.
Remember you're dealing with oil and its hot. So don't throw dough around like you're throwing rocks in a lake. But if Bryn happens to toss a circle in and the hot oil splashes on you, maybe don't raise your voice and use her first name. Its mean and intimidating. Be sure to apologize to each other. Then dump some powdered sugar in a bowl and roll them around, and be sure to invite all your friends to share! We like ours with some strawberry jam.
These didn't come out the way I intended, so be prepared. They'll be back, with lemon and granulated sugar. And chocolate and banana, and lighter in color and more fluffy. Jusssst wait.
Posted by Bryn and Faulkner at 10:14 AM