French Doughnuts Recipe - Traditional French and Haitian Cuisine

French Doughnuts

French Doughnuts Recipe - Traditional French and Haitian Cuisine
Region / culture: France, Haiti | Preparation time: 1 hour | Cooking time: 10 minutes | Servings: 12


French Doughnuts
French Doughnuts

French Doughnuts, also known as beignets, are a delicious and indulgent treat that are perfect for breakfast or dessert. These light and fluffy pastries are fried to perfection and coated in powdered sugar, making them a favorite among many.


French Doughnuts have been a popular treat in France for centuries. They are believed to have originated in the French Quarter of New Orleans, where they are a staple at the famous Cafe du Monde. These delicious pastries have since become a beloved dessert around the world.


How to prepare

  1. Combine 5.5 cups of flour, yeast, and nutmeg. In a saucepan, heat milk, sugar, oil, and salt just until warm (115-120°F (49°C)). Add the warm mixture to the dry ingredients; then add the egg. Beat at low speed with a mixer for 0.5 minutes, scraping the bowl. Beat for 3 minutes at high speed. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Place the dough in a greased bowl and turn it once. Cover and chill.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface and form it into a ball. Cover and let it rest for 10 minutes. Roll it out to a 18" x 12" rectangle. Cut the dough into 3" x 2" rectangles. Cover and let it rise for 30 minutes; note that the dough will not double in size. Fry the rectangles in deep hot fat (375°F (191°C)), turning them once, until they turn golden, which should take about 1 minute. Drain the fried dough and dip it in powdered sugar.


  • Add a sprinkle of cinnamon to the powdered sugar for a different flavor profile.
  • Fill the doughnuts with your favorite jam or custard for a fun twist.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure the oil is at the correct temperature before frying the doughnuts to ensure they cook evenly and don't absorb too much oil.

- Be sure to let the dough rise for the specified amount of time to achieve the perfect texture.

- Dust the doughnuts with powdered sugar while they are still warm for the best results.

Serving Suggestions

French Doughnuts are best served warm and fresh out of the fryer. They pair well with a hot cup of coffee or tea.

Cooking Techniques

Be sure to fry the doughnuts in hot oil to achieve a crispy exterior.

- Allow the dough to rise properly for a light and fluffy texture.

Ingredient Substitutions

You can use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour for a healthier option.

- Coconut oil can be used in place of cooking oil for a different flavor.

Make Ahead Tips

French Doughnuts are best enjoyed fresh, but you can prepare the dough ahead of time and fry them when ready to serve.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the French Doughnuts on a platter dusted with powdered sugar for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

French Doughnuts pair well with a variety of beverages such as coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover French Doughnuts in an airtight container at room temperature. To reheat, place them in the oven at 350°F (177°C) for a few minutes until warm.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of French Doughnuts contains approximately 250 calories.


Each serving of French Doughnuts contains approximately 30 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of French Doughnuts contains approximately 10 grams of fats.


Each serving of French Doughnuts contains approximately 5 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

French Doughnuts are not a significant source of vitamins and minerals.


French Doughnuts contain gluten, eggs, and dairy.


French Doughnuts are a delicious treat that are high in carbohydrates and fats. They are best enjoyed in moderation as an occasional indulgence.


French Doughnuts are a delicious and indulgent treat that are perfect for any occasion. With a light and fluffy texture and a crispy exterior, these pastries are sure to be a hit with your family and friends. Enjoy them warm and fresh for the best experience!

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame. It was a warm summer day, and I was visiting my friend Margot for tea. As we chatted and sipped our Earl Grey, she brought out a plate of the most delicious looking pastries I had ever seen. They were golden brown, dusted with powdered sugar, and smelled like a little piece of heaven.

"What are these?" I asked, my mouth watering at the sight of them.

Margot smiled and replied, "These are French doughnuts. My mother used to make them for me when I was a child, and now I make them for special occasions."

I immediately begged her for the recipe, and she graciously wrote it out for me on a scrap of paper. I couldn't wait to get home and try my hand at making these delectable treats myself.

As soon as I walked through the door of my cozy little kitchen, I set to work gathering the ingredients. Flour, sugar, butter, eggs, and of course, a little dash of magic. The recipe was simple enough, but there was something about it that spoke to my soul. I followed each step with care, mixing and kneading the dough until it was smooth and elastic.

The scent of the dough frying in hot oil filled the air, making my stomach growl in anticipation. I watched as the doughnuts puffed up and turned golden brown, knowing that soon I would be indulging in a sweet and satisfying treat.

When they were finally done and dusted with powdered sugar, I took my first bite and was transported back to that sunny afternoon at Margot's. The dough was light and fluffy, with a hint of sweetness that lingered on my tongue. I knew then that this recipe would become a staple in my kitchen for years to come.

Over the years, I have made these French doughnuts for countless family gatherings, special occasions, and just because. Each time, they bring a smile to the faces of those who taste them, and I am reminded of that fateful day when I first discovered the recipe.

I have shared the recipe with friends, neighbors, and even strangers who have come knocking on my door after catching a whiff of the delicious scent wafting from my kitchen. Each time, I pass on the recipe with a smile, knowing that it will bring joy and warmth to whoever makes it.

As I grow older, I cherish the memories of making these French doughnuts with my children and grandchildren. They gather around the kitchen table, eager to help mix the dough and shape the perfect little rings. We laugh and talk as we fry them up, the scent of sweet dough filling the air and creating a sense of togetherness that warms my heart.

I may have learned this recipe from a friend, but it has become a cherished part of my own culinary repertoire. It is a reminder of the power of food to bring people together, to create memories, and to nourish both the body and the soul.

So, if you ever find yourself in need of a little pick-me-up, a taste of something special, or just a moment of pure indulgence, I urge you to try your hand at making these French doughnuts. I promise you won't be disappointed. Bon appétit!


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