Beignuts

Beignuts

While beignets, a type of deep-fried dough typically served with powdered sugar, are a delicious treat, they are not generally considered a food with significant health benefits. Beignets are high in refined carbohydrates and calories, and the deep-frying process adds extra saturated fats. While they provide a quick source of energy, indulging in beignets regularly can contribute to weight gain and may not align with a nutrient-dense diet. It's essential to enjoy such treats in moderation and as part of a well-balanced lifestyle, understanding that they are primarily a delightful indulgence rather than a source of substantial health benefits. Consider opting for healthier alternatives or enjoying beignets occasionally while prioritizing a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins for overall well-being.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray (for the air fryer basket)
  • Powdered sugar (for dusting)

Instructions:

Preheat the Air Fryer:

  • Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (180°C) for about 5 minutes.

Prepare the Beignet Dough:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla extract.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Do not overmix; a slightly lumpy batter is fine.

Form the Beignets:

  • On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/4-inch thickness.
  • Cut the dough into squares or rectangles, depending on your preference.

Air Fry the Beignets:

  • Lightly coat the air fryer basket with cooking spray.
  • Place the beignet pieces in a single layer in the air fryer basket, leaving some space between each piece.
  • Air fry at 350°F (180°C) for 6-8 minutes, flipping the beignets halfway through, or until they are golden brown and cooked through.

Dust with Powdered Sugar:

  • Once the beignets are done, remove them from the air fryer and let them cool for a minute.
  • Dust the warm beignets generously with powdered sugar.

Serve:

  • Serve the air-fried beignets warm and enjoy this delicious treat.

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