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The term beignet refers to a French-square doughnut. You cannot visit Louisiana without trying beignets; after all, it has been the official state doughnut since 1986. In the 18th century beignets were brought to Louisiana, we enjoy this light, fluffy pastry with powdered sugar, thanks to the French Acadians. To make the beignets healthier, we used gluten-free flour and made them vegan. You can taste Louisiana in your kitchen whenever you make these air fryer beignets.
Can you make beignets in an air fryer?
Of course, you can make beignets in an air fryer. The air fryer will give the beignets a crispy exterior and a soft and fluffy interior. Plus, the beignets won't be greasy like the fried version.
Can you fry frozen beignets?
Yes, you can freeze beignet dough, but you cannot fry frozen beignets. Therefore, it's best to remove the frozen beignets from the freezer and let them thaw before frying them so they can cook evenly.
Can I use olive oil for beignets?
Technically, you can fry beignets in olive oil. However, I don't recommend it. This is because olive oil has a high smoking point. In other words, the olive oil could burn and ignite into flames, creating an extremely harmful situation. In addition, olive oil has a robust distinct flavor that will affect the taste of the beignets. Therefore, it's safer and better to use vegetable oil or another oil with a low smoking point.
Can you reheat beignets in an air fryer?
Yes, you can reheat beignets in the air fryer. First, preheat your air fryer to 350 ºF. Add the beignets to the air fryer basket in an even layer and cook them for 3-4 minutes until they are warm.
- 1 tablespoon ground Flaxseed Meal
- 3 tablespoons Water (for the flax egg)
- 3/4 cup Lukewarm Water (for the beignet dough)
- 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
- 2 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast
- 3 1/2-4 cups Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
- 1 tablespoon Lemon Zest
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 2 tablespoons Unsalted Vegan Butter, room temperature, cut into small pieces
- 3/4 cup Almond Milk
- 1/4 cup melted Vegan Butter
- 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
Add the ground flaxseed meal and the 3 tablespoons of water to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set the flaxseed mixture aside for 5 minutes until it thickens up.
Whisk the water, one teaspoon of sugar, and yeast in a bowl and set it aside until it is frothy.
To a stand mixer's bowl, add the gluten-free all-purpose flour, along with the flaxseed mixture, lemon zest, salt, softened vegan butter, and the remaining sugar.
Fasten the paddle attachment and mix it to combine.
Add the almond milk and the yeast mixture to the stand mixer's bowl and mix the beignet dough until a sticky dough forms.
Place the beignet dough into a bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm area until the beignet dough doubles in volume.
Cut the beignet dough into 24 rectangular pieces that are approximately 2 by 3-inches using a sharp knife or pizza cutter.
Add about 4-5 beignets to the air fryer basket and cook them for 2 1/2 minutes. Turn the beignets over and cook them for an additional 2 1/2 minutes until they are golden brown.
Place the beignets onto a serving platter. Put the powdered sugar into a fine-mesh sieve and dust them with powdered sugar before serving.
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