Beignets, those pillowy squares of fried dough dusted with a snowfall of powdered sugar, are synonymous with New Orleans and joyous indulgence. Originally brought to Louisiana by French colonists, beignets have become a staple of American Southern cuisine and a must-try for any visitor to the Crescent City. Today, we’re bringing the magic of this beloved treat into the vegan kitchen, not once, but twice—with a classic from-scratch recipe and a surprisingly vegan-friendly cheat version.

For those who revel in the art of baking, our from-scratch recipe offers a chance to experience the traditional process of making beignets. We use vegan ingredients to create a dough that’s just as airy and tender as its non-vegan counterpart. Yeast, flour, and a touch of sugar come together to form the base of this dough, which rises to the perfect texture before being fried to golden-brown perfection.

On those days when convenience calls, our “cheat” version of vegan beignets comes to the rescue. Utilizing store-bought Grands biscuits, which are “accidentally vegan,” this method cuts down on preparation time without sacrificing flavor. Simply cut the biscuits into quarters and choose your cooking method: deep frying for crispiness or pan frying for a slightly lighter take. Either way, you end up with delightful beignets that are ready in minutes.

Each version of these vegan beignets brings its own joy. Whether you’re sifting flour and waiting for dough to rise, or watching biscuit dough puff up in hot oil, the result is the same: delicious, sugary treats that you can enjoy any time of day. Served hot, with a generous dusting of powdered sugar, they’re perfect for a lazy weekend breakfast, a festive brunch, or a sweet evening snack.

So, tie on your apron and get ready to delight in the process of making these iconic treats. Whether you choose the authentic experience or the quick and satisfying shortcut, these vegan beignets will transport you straight to the heart of New Orleans’ culinary scene, no ticket required.


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