- 1 stick plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 cup water
- Pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 cups plus 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 5 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 1/2 quarts vegetable oil, for frying
- Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
- In a saucepan, combine the butter, water, salt and 1 1/2 teaspoons of the granulated sugar; bring to a boil. Remove from the heat. Add the flour and stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Return the saucepan to high heat and cook the dough, stirring until very smooth, 1 minute. Transfer the dough to a bowl. Using a handheld electric mixer, beat in the vanilla, then beat in the eggs, one at a time.
- In a saucepan, heat the oil to 375°. Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Scoop 10 scant tablespoons of the dough into the oil and fry, turning, until golden and puffed, 6 minutes. Transfer the beignets to the baking sheet and poke a small hole in the side of each to release steam. Repeat with the remaining dough.
- Pour the 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar into a bowl. Toss the hot beignets in the sugar; transfer to a platter. Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve.
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Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.