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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

African Beignets

My husband was just in Louisiana and loved it.  When he got home he told me about an appetizer that he had eaten that reminded him of some of the food that he ate in Togo.  We made them a few days after he got home and had to go back to the drawing board.  We made them again on Sunday and they turned out great. The second batch we add plantains to them and as I love plantains this was just perfect.  My next goal is to see how the taste when they are baked instead of fried.

African Beignets

1 cup white corn meal *
1/8 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp  oil ( I used olive oil)
3/8 cup water
1 ripe plantain (optional) 
oil for frying

Mix all ingredients except plantains together.  I mixed them together with my hand but you could use a beater.  Let sit for approx 10 minutes.  Add plantain and mix thoroughly.  Roll into approx 1 inch balls.
Heat oil in pan ( you want enough oil so that at least 3/4 of the balls are covered).  Place balls into oil and fry until a golden brown colour.  Enjoy.

These will have a crisp outer coating with a soft middle.  Try not eat just one.  I dare you.
We did notice that they stuck slightly to the bottom but floated after you loosened them. 
* these would also work with corn flour.

Ϡ₡✻   Marlys

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  1. How fun! I like the idea of the cornmeal--nice texture I imagine.

  2. Interesting. I love beignets and I love plantains. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love the addition of plantain and crunchy cornmeal.

  4. Hi Marlys, Happy Easter Sunday to you and all at home. Your beignets look awesome and inviting. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe.

    Have a nice weekend, regards.

    1. Thanks Amelia, I hope you had a wonderful Easter Weekend.

  5. I've never tried plantains. This sounds great! I'm visiting from the In and Out party, I would love it if you would share on my site:

    1. Jackie, you really need to try plantains... they are wonderful and healthy too.

  6. These beignets certainly sound interesting! I bet the cornmeal adds a nice texture, and the plantain some good flavor. :)

    PS - I've got a honey giveaway going on my blog now. Check it out if you get a chance!

    1. Thanks CJ, they were very good and I can't wait for my plantains to ripen to make them again.

  7. This is so great! I love New Orleans-style beignets (such a treat!), and it's so clever to adapt them, and even add plantains! Oh - and the texture and flavor from the cornmeal - yum! What a really terrific idea! :D ~Shelley


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