Some of the first things you remember are sights, sounds, smells, the happy sounds, the aroma’s of home, a day, in spring, or a puppy, The Ingredients of our lives, sometimes overwhelms, us.
I guess one of the first things I asked Mom for , I remember, getting back from school, I asked “Why we never have Doughnuts?”
Mon-Mere being who she was, Said would my dear little boy, like some doughnuts. Me not knowing, said Oui, Mon- Mere! She said OK.
Well you know, you are excited to get something new, I didn’t know what a doughnut was, just been told, that’s the thing to have, so that’s why I asked.
The very next morning, running into the kitchen, smelling something, Just knowing that I was going to have the thing to have, imagine To see those same old Croquesignoles, sitting in my plate with the same old powdered sugar spread on them, and the same old cane syrup at hand, Me being who I was, Asked, “What’s this”
Mon-Mere, never missing a chance to teach me, asked, Don’t you know?
I rushed right in to the fray, and said, It’s the same old thing! Well you know that didn’t sound all that good after I said it.
But, Mon-Mere, said you should not ask for things that you don’t know what they are!
That’s doughnuts, you been having for breakfast all your life, so eat up.
So when is a Crouquesignole not a doughnut” I guess when you call it a beignet.
Here is my recipe for Cajun doughnut’s just like mon-Mere used to make, Please enjoy them Like We do!
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg fresh ground
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
Blend sugar, eggs, and butter together in a large bowl.
In a separate medium-size bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg.
Measure milk in a measuring cup and add vanilla whisk,
Alternately mix the flour mixture and milk mixture into egg mixture until well blended.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about an hour.
When ready to fry heat your oil in a pot or fryer to 375 degrees.
Take donut mixture out of the refrigerator and 1/2 of the dough onto a floured counter surface.
Knead about 12 times then roll out onto counter being sure counter and roller have plenty of flour on them or dough will stick and not lift off of surface easily after being cut.
Roll dough into a rectangle shape about 1/4″ thick. Cut dough with a pizza cutter about 2″x 3″, then cut 2 slits with a butter knife into them pull open a little
Drop 3 or 4 donuts (depending on how large your pot or fryer is) into hot oil I use a long-handled tongs
After about 1 minute and 20 seconds turn donuts over and cook for another minute and 20 seconds.
Remove donuts to drain on paper bag. Sprinkle a lot with powdered sugar and enjoy this with your breakfast, or afternoon Coffee.
P.S. Best simple mix, for ” Croquesignoles”
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