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How To Make Haitian Beignets

Equally festive during the holiday season as they are during Carnival season, these delicious Haitian beignets may have a different look and taste, but they’re just as delectable.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Haitian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 20 Beignets

Equipment

  • Large Frying Pan

Ingredients

  • 3 Mashed Bananas
  • 1 ⅓ Cup All Purpose Flour
  • ½ Tsp. Baking Soda
  • ¼ Tsp. Granulated Sugar Plus more for dusting
  • 2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • ½ Tsp. Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 Can Carnation Milk (12 Fl. Oz.) Or Water
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ Tsp. Almond Extract
  • ¼ Tsp. Kosher Salt
  • ½ Tsp. Ground Cinnamon Optional

Instructions

  • Mash the bananas with a fork (or food processor).
    Next add in the sugar, milk, eggs, salt, baking soda, nutmeg and cinnamon, vanilla and almond extract. Continue to mix well. Then fold in the all-purpose flour.
    step by step guide to make Haitian beignets
  • In a large frying pan add in 2 cups of oil. Bring the temperature to no more than 350°F (Adjust the temperature as needed but do not lower it under 325°F).
    Use a ice cream scoop to add in the batter in batches.
    Fry for 2 minutes per side. Then remove from the frying pan and set aside on a paper toweled plate.
    Allow to cool and enjoy with dusted sugar on top.
    beignets dusted with sugar stacked up

Notes

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Calories are estimated per serving. 
Preparation Notes:
  • Make sure your bananas are beaten until smooth, and your batter is well mixed. This will ensure the beignets cook evenly throughout when fried.
  • The temperature should be no less than 325 degrees but no more than 350 degrees. If the oil is too cool, it’ll take longer for them to fry and affect the texture. Part of what makes Haitian beignets so tasty is their fried dough!
  • The thickness of your batter will determine the thickness of your beignets. However, your batter should never be dense. 
  • Make sure you drain the oil before serving, as leaving it on to soak will also affect the texture. This can be done by placing the beignets on paper towels.
  • They will be extremely oily. You can use peanut oil, canola oil, or vegetable oil to fry the beignets.