Nothing can compare to soft baked Brown Butter Beignets topped with a sweet orange brown butter glaze. There's big flavor in these bite-sized treats!
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Have you ever heard of beignets? They are bite-sized bits of fried dough and depending on where you get them, they'll be made with either yeast dough or pâte à choux. They come with powdered sugar sprinkled over the top and taste much like a donut. But, after today, you may never want a traditional beignet because who could say no to a baked beignet flavored with sweet, nutty browned butter?
Making Brown Butter Beignets
The dough is made with very simple ingredients. It's your typical bread dough but instead of using regular butter, I've added browned butter and vanilla paste for a sweet aromatic flavor. I also use bread flour just like with all my bread recipes. You need a gluten dense flour so the beignets will have a chewy elastic crumb.
The dough needs to rise twice. Once, right after you have formed the dough. This first rise usually takes about 2 hours. Then, once you shape the dough into little beignets, it needs to rise a second time. The second rise should only take about 45 minutes. Allowing the dough to rise twice gives it time to develop gluten and flavor. Both of which are a must when it comes to good homemade bread!
Since this is a baked version, there is no need to pull out a heavy pan for frying or worry about cleaning up oil splatters. And I think baking the beignets makes them just a tiny bit better for you, right?
Bake them until they are golden brown then drizzle them with orange brown butter glaze. I like to glaze the beignets while they are still warm. The glaze will melt down the sides leaving a thin layer of sweet citrus flavor all over the surface. It's simply delightful!
These baked brown butter beignets are a must! You won't regret it if you stop what you are doing and go make them, now!