It may look like a doughnut. It may be filled or glazed like a doughnut. It may even be cooked like a doughnut. But dont call it a doughnut.
Its a beignet. And its one of New Orleans two iconic sweets (the other being the party loving king cake). With Mardi Gras approaching, its a perfect time to get to know beignets.
Truth is, beignets are a form of doughnut or fried dough. They originated in France, where the term is used to describe a wide variety of fried treats that are filled with fruit or jam. In New Orleans, they traditionally are served with a cup of coffee and chicory au lait.
To celebrate Mardi Gras, were offering our take on the beignet, a praline beignet with cafe au lait icing. And of course, you also could add the traditional showering of powdered sugar.