For those of us in the gluten free community, a Beignet may seem like a faint, sweet memory. At this Mardi Gras time of year, when we think all things New Orleans, take heart knowing these amazingly festive and special doughnuts, and even King Cakes are again within reach! So grab your plastic beads, and let?s make some Gluten Free Beignets!
This quintessential New Orleans treat, the Beignet: (pronounced: ben-yay), is a crispy-on-the-outside, feather-light, heavenly doughnut, flash fried and smothered in confectioner?s sugar ? and totally full of gluten. They are unique to New Orleans, so I haven?t been lucky enough to have one since my parents? trip to Bourbon Street in the ?80s, when they brought back boxes of famous Café du Monde Beignet Mix. For years, the thought of ever enjoying such a soft, airy, gluten-free puffed doughnut seemed like an unachievable dream to me.
Now, sharing my gluten free beignet recipe with a host of friends and family (and one Louisiana native), I am happy to pronounce my gluten free beignets are a resounding success!
Whether you have had and now miss Beignets since going gluten-free, or are just curious to try these little puffs of New Orleans deliciousness, give this recipe a try, whether it?s Mardi Gras or not! My children have never been to New Orleans, so when they tasted these gluten free Beignets, they announced that they taste just like funnel cakes, only better because they’re fluffy! Sounds pretty yummy to me!
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