I asked my friend (he of the only a red jambalaya is a "proper" jambalaya) what he'd say about my faux beignets made with canned biscuits.
Well, I'm not claiming this is a proper beignet recipe. One of these days, I might go through the trouble of making them from scratch and waiting for the yeast to rise and all that. But when I tweeted about this 5-minute recipe with only 2 ingredients, there was quite a response from people looking for short cuts too. What can I say? People need shortcuts and you might turn your nose up at it, but my faux tiramisu recipe is pretty popular too!
I've been making these fake beignets for years. Sometimes, I poke a hole through the middle and call them fake doughnuts. Sometimes, I cut them into fourths, roll them up, and call them doughnut holes.
But on this particular day, I was feeling like beignets, puffy squares of fried dough, with a cup of coffee. Since they were faux beignets, I opted to make a quickie cup of Malaysian Deli-Bes White Coffee (Kopi Putih Ipoh) instead of my usual Cafe Du Monde Vietnamese iced coffee.
C'mon. Admit it. The picture looks like the real thing, doesn't it?
For 2 to 4 servings, you'll need:
1 can of instant biscuits in a can
1/4 cup powdered sugar
Bwahaha! Generic biscuits in a can for 25 cents. Generic powdered sugar from the pantry.
Fill your deep-fryer or wok or pan with several inches of oil. Turn the heat to medium.
Pop the top off the can of biscuits and stretch them out so they're a bit square-ish. You actually don't even need to dust them with flour. I was just doing that for the photo.
Deep fry until golden. Drain on paper towels.
Dust them with lots of powdered sugar and serve them with coffee for an afternoon pick-me-up.
See? Fluffy insides. Sure it's not the real thing. But it only took me 5 minutes to make.
Some of my other American Southern recipes:
Cajun Vietnamese Shrimp Boil
Creole Red Jambalaya with Chicken and Sausage
Fried Green Tomatoes
Okra and Tomatoes
Southern Baked Beans
Southern Fried Chicken with Cream Gravy and Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes
1 year ago today, Part 8 of my How to Start a Food Blog series - Photos: Photography Tips, Storage, and Watermarking.
2 years ago today, Ravioli with Basil, Squash Blossoms, and Ricotta.