I’ve been saving this one for ya… After a trip to New Orleans at the beginning of February, I knew I had to wait until today – Fat Tuesday – to share this recipe inspired by the deliciousness beyond coasted in powdered sugar from Cafe Du Monde, New Orleans’s legendary bakery. Bon Appetit!
1 envelope active dry yeast (1/4 ounce)
1 1/2 cups warm water (105-115F)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
2 large eggs
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup shortening
6-7 cups bread flour
vegetable oil for frying
sifted powdered sugar
Combine the yeast, 1/2 cup warm water and 1 tsp sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and let sit to let the yeast proof for 5 minutes.
Add the milk, eggs, salt and remaining sugar.
Heat remaining 1 cup of water until hot, about 115F, and stir in shortening until melted. Add to yeast mixture. Beat at low speed, gradually adding remaining 2.5-3 cups flour, beating until a sticky dough forms. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, turn to coat. Cover and chill 4-24 hours.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll to 1/4 inch thickness then cut into 2.5 inch squares.
Pour oil into a large dutch oven and heat to 360F. Fry dough in batches until golden brown, allowing oil to return to 360 between batches. Dust immediately with powdered sugar and indulge!