New Orleans-Style Chicory Beignets
- ACTIVE: 1 HR
- TOTAL TIME: 4 HRS
- SERVINGS: 36 beignets
David Kinch playfully combines two New Orleans classics: chicory coffee and beignets.
- 2 cups ground coffee-and-chicory blend (see Note)
- About 3 cups milk
- 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 4 1/2 cups bread flour, plus more for rolling
- 2 sticks chilled unsalted butter, cut into cubes
- 4 teaspoons kosher salt
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
- Vanilla ice cream and espresso, for serving
- In a large jar, shake the coffee with 2 cups of the milk. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Strain the milk through a fine sieve into a measuring cup and add as much fresh milk as needed to make 1 1/2 cups. Discard the coffee grounds.
- In the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine 1/4 cup of the coffee milk with the yeast and granulated sugar; let stand until foamy, 5 minutes. Add the remaining coffee milk, the 4 1/2 cups of bread flour and the butter and salt. Mix at low speed until the dough just comes together, 2 minutes. Increase the speed to medium and mix until the dough is smooth, 5 minutes. Transfer to a greased bowl, cover and let stand in a warm place until slightly risen, 2 hours. Divide the dough into 4 pieces.
- On a floured work surface, roll out one piece of dough a scant 1/3 inch thick. Cut into 2-inch squares, then cut each square into two triangles. Transfer to a floured baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough. Let stand for 20 minutes.
- In a saucepan, heat 2 inches of oil to 360°. Working in batches, fry 10 or 12 beignets at a time until browned and cooked through, 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels and transfer to a bowl. Dust generously with confectioners’ sugar and serve immediately with vanilla ice cream and espresso.
This blend combines coffee with chicory, a root that is roasted and ground.