New Orleans Beignet Doughnuts

Yield: 10 Servings

1 pk (1/4 ounce or 2 1/4 tsp) Active dry yeast
1 1/2 c Warm Water (105 deg. f.)
1/2 c Sugar
1 ts Salt
2 ea Eggs
1 c Evaporated milk
7 c Sifted all-purpose flour
1/4 c Soft shortening, margarine or butter

Oil for frying

In large bowl, sprinkle yeast over water; stir to dissolve. Add sugar, salt, eggs and milk. Blend with rotary beater. Add 4 cups of the flour; beat smooth. Add shortening; beat in remaining flour. Cover and chill several hours.

Deep fry at 360 degrees 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly browned on each side. If beignets don't rise to the top immediately when you drop them into the oil, the oil isn't hot enough. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle heavily with confectioners' sugar.

Serve warm.

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