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Ingredients:

Pastry:
  • 1 packages - Active Dry Yeast
  • 1/4 cups - Warm Water
  • 2 tablespoons - Sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups - All Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoons - Salt
  • 8 tablespoons - Butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 - Eggs, plus 2 egg yolks, room temp
  • Filling:
  • 1 pounds - Blue Cheese, room temp
  • 1 cups - All Purpose Flour
  • 2 - Eggs
  • 3 tablespoons - Water
  • 1/2 teaspoons - Salt
  • 1 pinchs - Grated Nutmeg
  • - Vegetable Oil, for deep frying
  • 2 tablespoons - Capers, rinsed and chopped
  • Directions:

    1. Make pastry: Combine yeast and water in a small bowl and let proof 10 minutes. In a food processor, combine sugar, flour, salt and butter and process until butter is incorporated, about 30 seconds. Add yeast mixture, pulse 3 times, add eggs and yolks and process until liquid is incorporated. Scrape sides of bowl and process 1 minute more to knead dough. Transfer dough to a greased bowl, shape into a ball, cover with a towel and let rise in a warm area until doubled in bulk, about 2 hours.

    2. Punch dough down, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

    3. Make beignets: Form cheese into 2-inch balls. On a floured surface, roll out chilled dough ¼-inch thick and cut out 2½-inch rounds. Dust a cheese ball with flour and place on a round of dough. In a bowl, beat eggs with water, salt and nutmeg and brush edges of round with this egg wash. Top with a second round of dough and press edges to seal securely. Repeat with remaining cheese balls and dough rounds. Refrigerate 1 hour.

    4. In a large, heavy saucepan, heat about 1 inch oil to 375 degrees, using a thermometer to monitor temperature. Fry beignets in batches until golden, 4-5 minutes, and drain on paper towels. Serve topped with chopped capers.

    Brief Description

    Savory version of the New Orleans favorite treat

    Main Ingredient:

    Blue Cheese

    Category:  Breakfast

    Cuisine:  American

    Prep Time: 45 min

    Source

    WSJ Off Duty, 10/5/2013, adapted from "Southern Fried" by James Villas (Houghton Miffin Harcourt)

    Posted By:

    wsjrecipes

    Posted On:

    October 6, 2013

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