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Recipe by Chef Maurine Sarjeant - Executive Chef, Beringer Vineyards
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Serves: 6
Equipment

1 standard mixing bowl w/ dough hook
1 large, oiled bowl
1 floured baking sheet
1 large saucepan
4 ramekins
1 rimmed baking dish
1 medium bowl
1 small saucepan

Ingredients

1 envelope active dry yeast
3/4 cup warm water (110°) NO WARMER
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup evaporated milk
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (+1/4 cup if needed)
1/8 cup shortening
Corn oil for frying (cotton seed oil if you can get it)
Shaker of powdered sugar

For the Maple Pots de Crème:
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 tsp. salt
4 egg yolks
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions

1. Combine the yeast, water, and sugar in the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook (You could also make this in a food processor, or the old fashioned way, by hand). Let this sit until frothy, about 5 minutes, then add the salt, egg, and evaporated milk. Mix on low speed, then add half of the flour until it starts to come together, then add the shortening. When the shortening is incorporated start adding the remaining flour, a little at a time until most of it is incorporated. At this time I always turn the dough onto a floured bench to finish by hand, just like when I make bread; it's a touch thing. Knead the dough adding just enough flour as necessary to make a non-sticky, smooth dough. Place the dough into a large oiled bowl, loosely cover and let rise (I made mine last night and let it rise overnight in the refrigerator).

2. After the dough has doubled in bulk, punch it down and turn it onto a floured surface and roll out into a rectangle that is about 1/2" thick. With a very sharp knife working at a diagonal to the rectangle, cut into 2" wide strips. Now cut into diamond shapes by making diagonal cuts in the opposite direction. Place the beignets on a floured baking sheet to let rise about 40 minutes in a warm place (I place them in a barely warm oven).

3. When the Beignets have risen, heat 2-3 inches of vegetable oil in a large saucepan to 350-360°. Place 2-3 Beignets into the hot oil at a time, being careful not to smash or deflate them. When they are golden brown, flip them over until golden brown on the other side (They go pretty quickly so start checking them right after they go into the oil). Remove to paper towel lined plates to drain. Serve hot topped with plenty of powdered sugar (because the dough doesn't contain much sugar, you will want a lot!).

For the Maple Pots de Crème:
1. Preheat the oven to 300° F and arrange 4 ramekins in a rimmed baking dish. Combine the cream, maple syrup, and salt in a small saucepan. Heat until it comes to a simmer. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and vanilla extract. Using a small ladle, add some hot cream to the egg yolks a few tablespoons at a time. Whisk the egg yolks into the cream in the saucepan until combined. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve.

2. Pour the mixture into the 4 ramekins. Carefully pour enough hot water into the rimmed baking dish to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake until the edges are set but the center gently jiggles when shook, about 50-60 minutes. Remove the ramekins from the water bath and cool to room temperature. Eat, or cover each ramekin with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge (I prefer them cold).

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