A small batch recipe of a beloved New Orleans dessert!
Heat the 2 T. warm water to 105°F in a small bowl. Add 1/2 t. dry yeast and a pinch of sugar. Stir to dissolve.
Meanwhile, combine 2 t shortening, 1 T sugar, 3 T milk & 1 egg white. Whisk together; add boiling water. When temp is less than 110°F, add to the yeast mixture.
Meanwhile, divide the dough in half, and roll it out on a floured counter into a square about 6" wide. Use a pizza wheel to cut it into small squares
When the oil is at 360°F, drop in 3 square of dough. Do not walk away. The first side fries for 1-2 min. When golden brown on one side, flip the squares using a fork & continue to fry.
After cooling for about 5 minutes, dunk the beignets into the powdered sugar.