Princess Tiana’s Mickey Beignets Recipe for Mardi Gras

Princess Tiana’s Mickey Beignets Recipe for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is upon us! Really? Where has the time gone?! We love celebrating anything we can and Mardi Gras is no exception. So what do we do for Mardi Gras? Well, we always focus on the food. So we usually make jambalaya and king cake. To add a bit of magic to our celebration, we made it Princess and the Frog Style because of course, ya can’t have a Mardi Gras without some man catchin beignets! And to add a bit more magic, we decided to make them Mickey Beignets, just like you can get at Port Orleans French Quarter at Walt Disney World. 

Mickey Shaped Beignets Recipe

If you’ve ever been to the Port Orleans Resorts at Disney World, you know that beignets are ALWAYS on the menu. Whether they’re filled with specialty fillings for the season, or just classic puffs of dough covered in powdered sugar, we’ll take them all. Luckily, this recipe is super easy, but if you’re short on time or not much of a baker, you can also use this mix which makes delicious beignets. And that mix just requires the mix and water, so easy! Interestingly enough the BEST Beignet recipe we used was from Tiana’s Cookbook: Recipes for Kids. It was pretty simple, but does require adult supervision since there is frying involved. 

We’ve also since created a  Mickey Beignet Milkshake, which we highly recommend trying out if you like crazy shakes! These are great for breakfast, with an afternoon coffee or tea or a late night snack. Or all three if you’re really celebrating the spirit of Mardi Gras! Instead of cutting them into squares, we used a Mickey shaped cookie cutter instead, because why not?! Let’s get started.

Ingredients for Mickey shaped beignets

  • 2 3/4 c. flour
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 c. buttermilk
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Vegetable Oil for frying
  • Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting

Instructions

A word of caution on these, do not overmix or over handle the dough. And when you fry them up, don’t over cook! Sprinkle with (lots of) powdered sugar! And voila! Tiana’s man catchin’ Beignets! Nothing but blue skies and sunshine guaranteed;) Let’s Jump into How to Make Beignets. 

In a medium bowl, combine 2 1/4 cups of the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Whisk everything together.

In a large bowl, whisk together buttermilk, water, egg, and vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients.

Use remaining flour to dust work surface. Place the dough on it and pat it into a large 1/2 inch thick square. Dust the top with more if it gets sticky. Next, slice the dough into 2 1/2 squares.(This is where we used the Mickey cookie cutter instead.)

Now it’s time to fry the beignets. Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil in a heavy saucepan on the stove top until the temperature reaches 325 degrees on a deep fat thermometer. Check the temperature every so often while cooking. If it gets too hot, temporarily turn the heat down or off.

Carefully drop 3 dough squares at a time in the hot oil. Fry them for three minutes(we only fried ours for about 2 minutes, so just keep a close eye on them while they cook), turn them over, and continue frying for 3 more minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the beignets to a wire rack set atop paper towels to drain. Dust the beignets with confectioner’s sugar and enjoy!

Mickey Beignets Mardi Gras

Mickey Beignet Mardi Gras

Tiana’s Famous Beignets Recipe from Tiana’s Cookbook Recipes for Kids

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 c. flour
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 c. buttermilk
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Vegetable Oil for frying
  • Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine 2 1/4 cups of the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Whisk everything together.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together buttermilk, water, egg, and vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients.
  3. Use remaining flour to dust work surface. Place the dough on it and pat it into a large 1/2 inch thick square. Dust the top with more if it gets sticky. Next, slice the dough into 2 1/2 squares.(This is where we used the Mickey cookie cutter instead.)
  4. Now it’s time to fry the beignets. Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil in a heavy saucepan on the stove top until the temperature reaches 325 degrees on a deep fat thermometer. Check the temperature every so often while cooking. If it gets too hot, temporarily turn the heat down or off.
  5. Carefully drop 3 dough squares at a time in the hot oil. Fry them for three minutes(we only fried ours for about 2 minutes, so just keep a close eye on them while they cook), turn them over, and continue frying for 3 more minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the beignets to a wire rack set atop paper towels to drain. Dust the beignets with confectioner’s sugar and enjoy!

 

Making Mickey Beignets can be easy once you get the hang of it! Perfect for Mardi Gras, or anytime these little doughy treats are a perfect snack to make you feel like you're in the parks! #polkadotpixies

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Melanie Renee is a photographer, writer, designer and mom. Visiting Disney destinations since 2010, she is also an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. When she's not creating her next coffee recipe, or designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's seeking beautiful sunsets and planning her next trip .


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