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Pumpkin Beignets

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Ingredients

Instructions

Pumpkin Beignets

  1. Sprinkle yeast over 1/4 cup warm water in a small bowl. Stir to dissolve and let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Using a stand mixer with paddle attachment, combine half & half, pumpkin puree granulated sugar, butter, and egg.
  3. Add 1/2 cup cold water and mix.
  4. Incorporate the yeast mixture.
  5. Add 3 cups of all purpose flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  6. Slowly mix until a dough forms and remove from the mixer.
  7. Dust work area with flour and knead the dough until smooth and soft. Shape into a ball.
  8. Lightly grease a bowl and add the dough. Cover with a cheese cloth. Allow the dough to rise in a warm spot until it doubles in bulk, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Frying

  1. Bring a pot of oil to 180*C with a dept of at least 3 inches (7.5cm) into a deep, heavy saucepan.
  2. Using an ice cream scoop, create 2 inch balls of dough. I like OXO’s trigger ice cream scoop.
  3. Use a metal spatula to carefully lower a few of beignets into the hot oil. Be sure not to crowd the pan.
  4. Deep-fry the beignets, turning often, until puffed and golden brown, around 3 minutes.
  5. Allow beignets to drain on paper towels.
  6. Generously dust with confectioners’ sugar, and serve at once.
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