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Pumpkin Beignets

by Tickled Red on October 26, 2010 · 142 comments

Welcome to my little corner of bliss. Most people adore a good donut, myself included but there is something about a beignet that brings out my hidden smile. You know what I mean. One of those sly devils hidden just so in the corner of your mouth, waiting for that perfect something to set it free. Beignets are my little something special. This Sunday I took it up a notch and made them with pumpkin. It is fall and even though it’s still 80 degrees here I’ve had pumpkin on the brain. I may never recover from the swoon y’all. If you wish to join me on the porch, fan in hand with a platter of beignets keep reading. I warn you, they are prone to induce giddiness.

Pumpkin Beignets

Adapted from Chef Jamie Shannon’s recipe for Beignets

Serves 4-6

Beignet Batter

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon Chicago Spiced Sugar mix (or substitute with the following spices)

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon all spice

1/4 teaspoon cardamom

1 cup milk

1 medium egg, beaten

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/2 quarts vegetable oil for frying

1/3 cup powdered sugar

caramel sauce

Combine and sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and spices in a large bowl.

Combine the milk, egg, pumpkin and vanilla in a small bowl.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.

Combine thoroughly. Is it just me or does mixing batter make you hum as well?

Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot (you don’t need a deep fryer) over medium high heat until approx. 325 degrees. Use a thermometer to gauge the temperature, or if you don’t have one sprinkle a tiny bit of flour into the oil. If it sizzles instantaneously you’re pretty much ready.

You will need two teaspoons. One to lift a spoonful of batter, the other to push the batter into the hot oil. Part of the reason I love beignets is because they are so easy to make. They don’t have to be perfectly symmetrical and I adore the diversity that takes shape when those little beauties hit the oil.

Try not to fry more than 8 or 10 beignets at a time. Crowding them will lower the temperature of the oil and cause your beignets to be soggy. Make sure to adjust the heat of the oil while you cook to keep the temperature at 325 degrees, or at a constant slow rolling boil when you add in each batch.

Fry each batch for no more than 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown on both sides and cooked all the way through. Pull the first couple of beignets apart to see if they are cooked all the way through. This will give you a better feel of the golden color that you are looking for and the amount of time you need to leave them in the oil. Drain on a rack or paper towels.

Serve them fresh, hot and liberally dusted with powdered sugar. A little word of advice though. Make sure that you have set the table before you put the platter down, otherwise you can forget about getting a chance afterwards. These little lovelies will be gone before the napkins finds their way to the table never mind onto a lap.

I wish I could tell you that this look of glee came solely from the rapture of devouring a pumpkin beignet but that’s not the case here.

It’s actually a combination of astonishment and an Ah-Ha moment. Check out what’s happening to the left. Yep, that would be my love drowning his beignet in not only caramel sauce but pancake syrup as well.

Can you say gargantuan sweet tooth and lets not forget an instigator on all levels. Who am I kidding, go for it guys.

Would you just look at those little golden nuggets of breakfast delight. Dusted and drizzled to perfection. They almost look to good to eat.

Almost my friends. Ask me if there are any left.

What brings out your hidden smile?

You so have to make these and let me know what you think. Have fun playing in the kitchen this week.

Love ya,

Tickled Red


runningonbutter October 26, 2010 at 12:59 am

Heaven! It is late and I can’t sleep, so I decided to get up and read for a bit…and came across your heavenly blog about beignets. I really like the line, “One of those sly devils hidden just so in the corner of your mouth, waiting for that perfect something to set it free.” I know! Caramel sauce and syrup? This is my kind of party!
– Butter

Wendi October 26, 2010 at 7:54 am

Oh my, these would make a lovely treat right now.

Wenderly October 26, 2010 at 7:55 am

O.k. that’s it…I’m on my way. I’ll pick up some coffee, see ya in a few! ;)

Vicki October 26, 2010 at 8:51 am

Oh, gosh! These look too delicious! And the instigator post is hilarious! Beautiful family.

bridget {bake at 350} October 26, 2010 at 8:52 am

What brings out my hidden smile? THESE! Oh my goodness! I can feel my waistline expanding, but it will be SO worth it! Thank you for the recipe!

CityMom2 October 26, 2010 at 8:54 am

How in the world does your family stay so fit? Oh my goodness – you fix the best food! I may just have to try these when the my boys and one girlfriend come home for Thanksgiving! (plus a practice batch).

Hidden smile? A surprise day off work!

Kristen October 26, 2010 at 9:06 am

Wendy is stopping by and picking me up on the way! Save some for us :)

Tracy October 26, 2010 at 9:22 am

These look incredible! Going on my list of things to make – YUM!!

Heather October 26, 2010 at 9:29 am

Oh me oh my! Delicious! All I can say! And I would absolutely adore one of these right now. :)

Amy from She Wears Many Hats October 26, 2010 at 9:33 am

Where can I place an order?

SMITH BITES October 26, 2010 at 9:38 am

Kristen can pick me up, we’ll head to Wendy’s and be there shortly – tell the menfolk in your house that the women are comin’ and expect some of those lovelies to be left – and save some of that carmel sauce please and thanks! xo

moi October 26, 2010 at 10:10 am

My mouth is watering!!

msyoungmd October 26, 2010 at 10:11 am

Wooooow.. So yummy… I’m excited about taking this recipe into the lab.. MWHAHAHAHAHAH!!! ** Oh ahh *ahemm* :) Thanks for sharing Lady.

erintyner October 26, 2010 at 10:20 am

Mouthwatering! There is something about the texture of beignets that beats a doughnut every time.

lifeintheboomerlane October 26, 2010 at 10:21 am

Too fabulous! I will have to make these, then go on some kind of starvation diet.

Charlotte October 26, 2010 at 10:22 am

These look delicious! I have never tried deep-frying but these pictures made me want to forge an attempt. Thank you for sharing.

The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife October 26, 2010 at 10:22 am

Oh my … my tummy could not handle that food, but it would probably try!

sleepycathollow October 26, 2010 at 10:24 am

HEY! Lookie! You’re on the front page of Wordpress! YOU GO GIRL!

ps: pumpkin pumpkin pumpkin.

pittsburghspoon October 26, 2010 at 10:26 am

Man alive, those things look AMAZING.

runtobefit October 26, 2010 at 10:29 am

I want a Pumpkin Beignet and I want it now!!!

ambermartingale October 26, 2010 at 10:30 am

To answer youur question “Is it just me or does mixing batter make you hum as well?”

No. I used to hum when making cookie batter. I don’t hum anymore becauase I don’t make cookie batter anymore. :( I basically lost all my mixing bowls and my mixer.

Amberle October 26, 2010 at 10:36 am

I’m trying this! I bought Cafe du Monds pre mix a few years back and tried to make them. It didn’t work. They wouldn’t rise..just came out flat. But after reading this, I don’t think my oil was hot enough. Can’t wait to try these.

Lori @ RecipeGirl October 26, 2010 at 10:53 am

And hey, it’s National Pumpkin Day (but you probably already knew that). I’ve never made beignets but they’d be a big hit for our weekend breakfasts. They look delicious!

adamodwyer1 October 26, 2010 at 11:01 am

I’ve NEVER tasted them but I’m going to make some now looks great thanks

notesfromrumbleycottage October 26, 2010 at 11:01 am

Going to try it. Looks too delicious not to do so.

Jenna October 26, 2010 at 11:08 am

They look FANTASTIC–and that picture of your son with the huge eyes is hilarious.
Glad you were featured on–I went there and I was like “Hey! I know Tickled Red! Cool!” =)

Sunflowerdiva October 26, 2010 at 11:11 am


fontgirl October 26, 2010 at 11:15 am

These look so yummy!!! I can’t wait to try out this recipe! Feel free to check out some of my cupcake recipes over at “Stay Calm, Have a Cupcake!”

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starwarskid1983 October 26, 2010 at 11:22 am

mmmmmmmmm im gonna make some brb.

Justine October 26, 2010 at 11:46 am

Nom nom nom nom nom! I’ll take three please! And by that I mean three batches.

This looks like a perfect fall treat. Thanks for sharing.

Ava Aston's Muckery October 26, 2010 at 11:49 am

I can smell them already! Yummo.

Congrats on the Freshly Pressed

Zoey October 26, 2010 at 11:54 am

your photos are fantastic accompaniments to the step-by-step recipe… Bravo ! (I will now have to make some for my mum this weekend)

frazzledfoodie October 26, 2010 at 11:57 am

One of my favorite things to do in New Orleans when I used to visit was to go down to Cafe Du Monde and have beignets and chicory coffee, but I have never tried to make them! I think yours look incredible and will soon be on the menu…thanks!

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mg1924 October 26, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Congratulations on freshly pressed. And for this post alone, I do heart thee!

Kathy Johnson October 26, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Pumpkin and donuts. The perfect fall combination. I love blogs that combine seemingly unconnected things and I think cooking and surfing are my new favorites.

chrissybblog October 26, 2010 at 12:09 pm

These look amazing! I want to run home to make some. Oh how I love pumpkin in the fall!!

bluemixer October 26, 2010 at 12:14 pm

I’ve had pumpkin on the brain, too. I’m drooling. These look soooo good, and my boyfriend has been bugging me to make some kind of doughnut concoction. Thanks for this, and congrats on being freshly pressed. :)

Modern Funk October 26, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Yummy…yummy…yummy! I love beignets. I’ll bet these are tasty little treasures! Ooh, and caramel sauce! Drool, drool!

midnitechef October 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Congrats on Freshly Pressed :) These look darn yummy! I’ll have to save this for our next Sunday brunch… If you still have pumpkin on your mind, check out my blog for pumpkin cupcakes!

mybakingempire October 26, 2010 at 12:31 pm

These sound fab. I’ve been making lots of pumpkin goods myself lately. I’ll keep this recipe around in case I ever get bold enough to fry something!

Bethany October 26, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Those look amazing! Really great pictures too. :) I love pumpkin.

Janet October 26, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Wonderful photos! Can’t wait to try these.

ryoko861 October 26, 2010 at 12:47 pm

O-M-G! I’m am SO making these!!!!

THANK YOU!! You’re so kind in sharing this!

off to make and nom……

foodieinberlin October 26, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Lovely looking beneigts. I love home made donuts but I try to avoid them because if I make a batch I eat them all!

wadingacross October 26, 2010 at 12:57 pm

I like pumpkin and I like beignets, but I’m a purist, and a recalcitrant curmudgeon at that. I’m open to trying new things, and I’d probably try such a concoction, but to me, the only beignet is from Cafe Du Monde’s with a liberal sprinkling of confectioners sugar and a hot mug of chickory cafe au lait.

I like pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread. My wife thinks cool whip just has to go with pie – I disagree, I like my pies unadulterated. She also made several loaves of pumpkin bread, two of which she put chocolate chips in (because to here, chocolate should go in every dessert). Heresey I say! ;)

Pam October 26, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Absolutely fabulous!!! I was wondering what to take to our Sit n knit next monday & this is it. Beautiful pictures and wonderful recipe. Than you for sharing.

Amy @ Poor Girl Gourmet October 26, 2010 at 1:09 pm

If you’ll provide me a plateful of these, I’ll gladly sit in 80 degree heat sans fan. It’ll be worth it. So very, very worth it! Amazing, Shari!

Club Dine In! October 26, 2010 at 1:25 pm

looks easy enough (baking and frying always intimidates me). will go perfectly with my Indian-Spiced Pumpkin Latte.

Lindy October 26, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I’ve been obssessing about pumpkin lately, and these look seriously amazing!!!

nosleepmommy October 26, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I absolutely MUST try these! Thanks for sharing!

My Man's Belly October 26, 2010 at 1:29 pm

The only beignets I’ve ever had were at Cafe du Monde but I think these might have to find a place in my mouth and tummy very soon.

strivingbean October 26, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Congratulations on being featured on WordPress Freshly Pressed! :-) I love beignets and same as “My Man’s Belly”, I’ve only had them at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans. Very nice to know you can make them at home!

oriondiamond October 26, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Wow, Can’t wait to try this one out!

mollyshallow October 26, 2010 at 2:13 pm

YUM! looks delicious…

gothichydran126 October 26, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Oh! I’ve got to make those this month (and for party meet ups)!!!! Just looking at the pictures is making me drool.

yearinlatvia October 26, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Ah! They look amazing and even better not needing an oven, considering mine blew up last week. I’m sure they’ll go down great at work, if they make it that far, hehe. Thanks for sharing :)

crazyjamie October 26, 2010 at 3:04 pm

THOSE LOOK GREAT! I am SO printing this recipe! Thank you for sharing!!!!

Yannique October 26, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I want to make these. They look great!

beckyyk October 26, 2010 at 3:10 pm

i need to make these…ASAP.

Ngalula Beatrice Kabutakapua October 26, 2010 at 3:14 pm

they look so good!OMG!
I used to cook them as well cause they’re really popular in Congo where my parents were born!!yummy!

thebakerynetwork October 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Sounds delicious! Never experimented with pumpkin but will have to now. Shared with a spiked cinnamon latte and you have a winning combination!

Wineguider October 26, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Wow! Looks yummy. For enjoying in the afternoon, I nominate a prosecco or a light and sweet pinot noir to enjoy these with! Say, Mirassou pinot. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

sndenton11 October 26, 2010 at 3:44 pm

These look so good! I’ve been wanting to make beignets for a while, and this gives me the excuse to to do so! Thanks for posting the recipe!

Evie Garone October 26, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Yummy! I wish I could reach through my computer screen & get them! The sauces just make them more decadent! Ooohh la la!!

Stephen Bartholomew October 26, 2010 at 3:49 pm

This is amazing! I am in love with beignets and I will definitely try this recipe. Thank you!

It's a Dog Tag Wife Life October 26, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Mmmm, these look amazing! I just posted about my pumpkin bars but I think these a must try!

Salty Pfeffer & The Cheeky Banana October 26, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Sounds absolutely delic! There’s nothing better for fall than a pumpkin take on just about anything!!!! Pumpkin breading pudding is my favorite

thesnackingstudent October 26, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Ah, those look heavenly! :) Certainly trying them when I’m home from school! The pumpkin is such a great touch! Thanks!

mister anchovy October 26, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Wow, those look really great

Maryl Bedenko October 26, 2010 at 4:51 pm

These look amazing – and thank you for the photos. Aunt Jemima = Fail, though…powdered sugar looks perfect.

marcys October 26, 2010 at 5:09 pm

OMG. These do look like heaven. But I’d never trust myself to succeed at something fried in the exact right temp oil, I’m sure I would blow this.

aimeetalks October 26, 2010 at 5:18 pm

They look delectable! I’ll have to try this out & let my husband taste test! Ty for this recipe!

Joseph October 26, 2010 at 5:23 pm

OMG! Those look absolutely delicious! I love it when my wife makes beignets! She’s going to love this! Thank you!

bradfrmphnx October 26, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Nice! Got to try them.:))

Valeria Cafagna October 26, 2010 at 5:24 pm

they look gorgeous *__*

Zahara October 26, 2010 at 5:41 pm

This recipe is going to the top of my “to do soon” list. Great post, perfect pictures, and beautiful beignets!

whenquiet October 26, 2010 at 5:51 pm

These treats will be going on a date with my infamous pumpkin soup for this year’s Halloween party. Trial run is tomorrow morning. They look as if they melt in your mouth! Merci beaucoup for the recipe…and your photos are SPLENDID!!

mmgoodsongs October 26, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Where can I hire someone to make these for me and serve them in bed with a hot cup of coffee! I want them but I don’t want to get up early or clean up when they are done. Is that asking too much?

beautifulcrown87 October 26, 2010 at 6:15 pm

looks soo tasty! :)

Nora Weston October 26, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Um, um,…um! They look scrumptious. I’ve just added this recipe to my weekend “to-do” list! Thanks so much for posting this.
Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

violainthekitchen October 26, 2010 at 6:25 pm

I salivated just LOOKING at these. Yum!

rsmacaalay October 26, 2010 at 6:38 pm

That looks really good, I will definitely try it sometime.


giadarosecobain October 26, 2010 at 6:48 pm

sooooooo good *w* i love them!!!

brwaldrop October 26, 2010 at 7:03 pm

These looks absolutely yummy :D I can’t wait to try them ^^

perfectperfectionist October 26, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Mmmm that sounds absolutely delicious.

leashieloo October 26, 2010 at 8:10 pm

These look awesome!! With all of the pumpkin recipes floating around, I’ve been looking for something unique.

uforicfood October 26, 2010 at 9:30 pm

I loved all the photos along the way … what a fanatastic recipe. Thanks for sharing.
I am doing a 30 recipes in 30 days challenge – where I will post one every day on my blog for the month of November. Hopefully I can think up a sweet recipe as nice as this – sweet things aren’t my strong point!

Congrats on getting greshly pressed!

sallyjeangenter October 26, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Mmm-mm, this looks promising!

y3 flash October 26, 2010 at 9:45 pm

What brings out my hidden smile? THESE! Oh my goodness! I can feel my waistline expanding, but it will be SO worth it! Thank you for the recipe!

Juli Mize October 26, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Yummmm, thanks for sharing!

SamSaysWhat?!? October 26, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Those look YUMMY!!!!

breathebeautyartandphotography October 26, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Great recipe thanks! I also enjoying baking and have some apple recipes for Fall over on my blog. :)

scoobydoo295032 October 26, 2010 at 10:57 pm

I would kill for one of these right now. I will have to try this!

itsahappyblog October 26, 2010 at 11:07 pm

I love to bake and my husband loves to fry;) Perfect time to work together in the kitchen on these little beauties!! Looks like I know what we will be having for breakfast after the Farmer’s Market this Saturday.

everythingneat October 27, 2010 at 1:12 am

Congratulations on being featured on Freshly Pressed!
These would be absolutely delicious with a glass of cold milk…yum! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

thecompletecookbook October 27, 2010 at 1:27 am

Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed! You have fabulous blog and family and I have just signed up to receive your post updates so I won’t miss out on anything.
:-) Mandy

glacierwave October 27, 2010 at 1:53 am

I love beignets to begin with, and pumpkin pie…sound this sounds amazing. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

lightseekermj October 27, 2010 at 3:20 am

this seem so good :) gonna try them ASAP

vertebraequeen October 27, 2010 at 3:23 am

anything with pumpkin makes me smile

Raphael October 27, 2010 at 4:52 am

It looks like I am going to have to try these… They look delicious!

Garrett McKenna October 27, 2010 at 4:59 am

Yum Yum! I want to try to make these TONIGHT (if I can find all the ingredients I need…). I love making stuff with pumpkin too! Ever try pumpkin ravioli?

The Shameless Idealist October 27, 2010 at 7:40 am

This looks absolutely delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tes October 27, 2010 at 8:37 am

This sounds really delicious!

rubiescorner October 27, 2010 at 9:29 am

I am so glad I read your post. Wow! These look great. Your blog is nice. I love the pictures, and your son’s face is full of surprise and anticipation. This is a nice post. Congratulations for making Fresh Pressed! I will try this recipe.

Michelle Brown October 27, 2010 at 9:33 am

So I am sitting here, having yet to eat breakfast. I get on Wordpres to check my blog and see a beautiful picture of my two favorite things mashed together in a semblance of perfection. Hope you don’t mind, going to write about this and link your blog post.

ambermartingale October 27, 2010 at 9:40 am

Interesting replies.

amandasperspective October 27, 2010 at 9:49 am

Congrats on being Freshly Pressed! I lived in New Orleans for a few years and LOVED beignets with all my heart, and considering how much I also LOVE Pumpkin, I can imagine how delicious these were! I can’t wait to try it out myself!!!

hunter71 October 27, 2010 at 9:58 am

I am only 7 years old and my mom won’t let me use the stove yet….I am totally going to show her this, it looks soooo good. Hunter71

lapetiterousse October 27, 2010 at 9:58 am

good lord but these look amazing. makes me want to steal momma’s deep fryer and get to work.

Vanessa Nicole October 27, 2010 at 11:37 am

I don’t quite remember how I came across your blog but I am so glad I did! Plan to do a test run of these the week before Thanksgiving and if all come out well, will make a part of Thanksgiving Day breakfast.

Thank you for this wonderful recipe!!!

mikyc14 October 27, 2010 at 8:24 pm

YUMMMMMMM!!! These brought out my hidden smile. What a wonderful treat! Thanks!

Robyn October 27, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Oh my word, Shari! These are now on my menu for Halloween! :) And yes, I’m sure we’ll all be smiling!


niña October 28, 2010 at 8:30 am

wow great recipe! i can’t wait to try this one myself! thanks so much for this post! :P

Jaden October 28, 2010 at 8:45 am

I WANNNNNTTTT!!!! NOOOWWWW!! Okay, that’s what happens when you’ve not had sugar for almost a week.

Your crazy lunatic friend,

ambermartingale October 28, 2010 at 11:15 am

I’ll have to wait until I can buy a deep fryer.

naomi October 28, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I love beignets and love that you made seasonal with the pumpkin-YUMMY!

PinkLuck October 28, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I just made these for my office (police officers)…. They were gone in three minutes.

This recipie was amazingly simple and fast.
*had to add a little more milk to the mixture though*

Absolutely fabulous!!!

Sue October 28, 2010 at 11:56 pm

WOW, Shari..You’ve gone viral! :)

These little pumpkin gems do look deliciously addictive!

Carrie October 29, 2010 at 9:23 am

These were delectable. My boys ate them right up. I love making anything with pumpkin in it. Thanks for the post.

Carrie October 29, 2010 at 9:24 am

You do not need a deep fryer to make these. I used a large deep pan or a wok. It worked just as well :)

inidna November 1, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Ever since watching the Disney movie ‘The Princess and The Frog’ I’ve had insane cravings for beignets. Funny thing is, I’ve never tried one before and as such I feel robbed of never having the good fortune to try one of these mouth watering goodies. I mean if a ‘cartoon’ can make them look like heaven on earth, how good must they look/taste in real life? This thought (and the above pictures) kill me.

Alaina Henry November 2, 2010 at 12:49 am

I was so stoked to see this recipe! I love beignets and anything that’s pumpkin! I recently found out that I can’t eat wheat, gluten, eggs or dairy anymore and just started to blog about it….so I took this recipe adapted by you from Jamie Shannon, and adapted it to my specifications. It was delicious! (And, I credited you on my blog! Thanks for posting this awesome recipe!!!

calogeromira November 3, 2010 at 11:31 am

Pumpkin beignets seem very sweet and not difficult to cook.

Mandy - The Complete Cook Book November 28, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Hmm, I remember seeing this super yummy recipe when you were freshly pressed. Is it possible that they look yummier the second time around?
:-) Mandy

Rena November 23, 2014 at 1:26 am

I don’t know who you wrote this for but you helped a brhteor out.

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