It’s time for Mardi Gras again and that means time for Man Catchin’ Beignets! This year we decided to spice things up and not only make Beignets, but make them filled with Nutella and create a crazy shake to go along with them. And what makes them taste even better? Being Mickey Shaped of course! So here we bring to you today The Mickey Beignet Mardi Gras Milkshake!
If you’ve been following us on Instagram for any amount of time, then you’ll know we love making beignets every year for Fat Tuesday. We recently tried a Nutella filled beignet from Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie in Epcot and it was completely life changing, so we knew our next batch of beignets had to be filled with this Hazelnutty goodness. And because we wanted them filled, we knew that they’d need to be a bit fluffier than usual.
Beignet Making Tips
A few simple tips before we get started with the recipe. The beignets will be best the day you make them. We prefer them hot and fresh but it will be more difficult to fill them when they’re super hot. Let them cool just a bit before adding the Nutella. And you’ll definitely want to use an icing tip to fill your beignets.
When piping the white chocolate on the inside and outside of your mug, you’ll want to freeze the glass after the white chocolate has been piped to avoid the chocolate from melting or dripping while you’re getting the Milkshake ready.
Tiana’s Famous 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
- 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.
- Once a little cool, fill your beignets with the Nutella by adding it to a piping bag with a tip and piping it into the beignet.
- Sift some powder sugar over the beignet and you’re ready for the milkshake recipe!
Beignet Making Supplies
King Cake Milkshake Recipe
For the King Cake Milkshake you will need:
- Blue Bell King Cake Ice Cream
- Milk, or any alternative milk
- Vanilla Simple Syrup
- Small Blender
- White Chocolate
- Piping Bags
If you can’t locate King Cake Ice Cream, you can always substitute it for a plain vanilla milkshake and add Cinnamon Syrup for that King Cake Flavor or you just use whatever flavor you’d like for the milkshakes. There are also some cinnamon flavored ice cream options like this one at Target that would work great! The possibilities are really quite endless.
We hope you love these Mickey Beignet Mardi Gras Milkshake and have fun adding them to your Fat Tuesday celebrations!
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 .