Kick the classic beignet up several notches with this Apple Cider Beignet variation! Fluffy beignets with a hint of spice, dipped in a flavorful caramel apple sauce!
A few years ago, my hubby and I took a quick trip to New Orleans for our anniversary. Neither of us had been before, and living in Houston….it wasn’t too far of a drive. We both LOVE Cajun food, so we thoroughly looked forward to the food.
After stuffing ourselves with gumbo, jambalaya, sausages, and more….we wandered over to Café Du Monde and ordered some of their famous beignets. One bite in and I was hooked. Seriously. Love at first sight….food version, haha! We had powdered sugar all over ourselves and cleared our plate in no time. Needless to say, we had a fun, food filled weekend!
Fast forward a few years, we’ve made all sorts of Cajun foods trying to recreate the tasty dishes we enjoyed that weekend! None are as good, I will admit, but I will certainly keep trying!
The one thing we hadn’t attempted to recreate was the beignets. How do you create perfection, right?! If you’ve ever set the bar high, only to be disappointed when something wasn’t as expected, you can understand my hesitancy.
Last week, my hubby was in the mood for the beignets. You can actually buy the Café de Monde mix from the stores, but it still doesn’t taste the same.
I offered to go with him to the store to get the mix, but he surprised me saying he wanted to MAKE them! To be honest, I wasn’t too optimistic….especially when he mentioned wanting to change it up and make an apple cinnamon version (I may or may not have bought WAY too many apples that needed to be used).
He enlisted the help of my daughter for this task and they set out to work. Occasionally I popped my head in the kitchen to see how things were going, but this was all their effort.
After the dough was ready, had risen, and was ready to be fried….that’s when I made my appearance. Someone had to be the unbiased taste tester, right?!
Not only did these smell incredible as they were baking, but I was taking pictures as they were working and posting them to my Instagram. I had SEVERAL messages requesting the recipe asap, even before we knew if they were going to be good.
After taking a bite of the first one, I was SHOCKED! They were IDENTICAL to Café du Monde, only Apple Cinnamon! The dipping sauce was my favorite part because it complimented the flavor perfectly!
If you love beignets, or even if you have never tried them…give this recipe a try! These Apple Cider Beignet recipe will make you a new fan!
Until we get to go back to New Orleans and enjoy authentic Cajun food….these beignet’s will definitely satisfy any craving!
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Apple Cider Beignets
- 1 1/2 cups apple cider
- 1 cup water, lukewarm
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 pacakge active dry yeast
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp apple pie spice
- 2 tsp apple pie spice
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 7 cups bread flour
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 4 qt canola oil
- 2 cups apple cider
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cubed
- 1/4 tsp salt
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