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Air-Fried Beignets
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Dough Rising Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 25 mins
These air-fried beignets are delicious on their own, but you can make a chocolate sauce or raspberry sauce to dress them up if you like. To make a super easy and quick raspberry sauce, stir ¼ cup of raspberry jam together with 1 tablespoon of warm water. Thin it just to the consistency you like for dipping. Et voilà!
Course: Desserts/Sweets, Appetizers/Snacks
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Breakfast/Brunch
Servings: 24 beignets
Calories: 129 kcal
Author: Meredith Laurence
  • ¾ cup lukewarm water about 90ºF
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 generous teaspoon active dry yeast ½ envelope
  • 3½ to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature and cut into small pieces
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • chocolate sauce or raspberry sauce to dip
  1. Combine the lukewarm water, a pinch of the sugar and the yeast in a bowl and let it proof for 5 minutes. It should froth a little. If it doesn’t froth, your yeast is not active and you should start again with new yeast.
  2. Combine 3½ cups of the flour, salt, 2 tablespoons of butter and the remaining sugar in a large bowl, or in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the egg, evaporated milk and yeast mixture to the bowl and mix with a wooden spoon (or the paddle attachment of the stand mixer) until the dough comes together in a sticky ball. Add a little more flour if necessary to get the dough to form. Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel and let it rise in a warm place for at least 2 hours or until it has doubled in bulk. Longer is better for flavor development and you can even let the dough rest in the refrigerator overnight (just remember to bring it to room temperature before proceeding with the recipe).
  3. Roll the dough out to ½-inch thickness. Cut the dough into rectangular or diamond-shaped pieces. You can make the beignets any size you like, but this recipe will give you 24 (2-inch x 3-inch) rectangles.
  4. Pre-heat the air fryer to 350ºF.
  5. Brush the beignets on both sides with some of the melted butter and air-fry in batches at 350ºF for 5 minutes, turning them over halfway through if desired. (They will brown on all sides without being flipped, but flipping them will brown them more evenly.)
  6. As soon as the beignets are finished, transfer them to a plate or baking sheet and dust with the confectioners’ sugar. Serve warm with a chocolate or raspberry sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Air-Fried Beignets
Amount Per Serving
Calories 129 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 75mg3%
Potassium 38mg1%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 110IU2%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.