Beignets from Cameroons for World Cup

Japan and the Cameroons play each other June 14th in the World Cup. To celebrate, start your day (or afternoon snack or dessert after dinner) with Japanese Green Tea and Beignets, which are delicious little easy-to-make doughnuts that are popular in the Cameroons.

Cameroons Beignets

1 cup water

1 stick butter (1/4 pound)

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

vegetable oil for frying

sifted confectioner’s sugar

Heat the water and butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. When the butter has melted, add the flour and salt and immediately stir vigorously until all the flour has been mixed in and comes away from the sides of the pan. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the eggs one at a time blending each in completely. Stir in the vanilla extract. Heat enough vegetable oil in a deep pan to come up 1-1/2 inches of the sides of the pan. Heat the oil to about 360 degrees or until a crumb of bread sizzles when put in. Spoon blobs of dough (about 1-1/2 inches in diameter) to the hot oil, making only a few at a time (do not crowd the pan so the oil stays hot). Fry until all sides are crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle the beignets with sifted confectioner’s sugar. Makes 8-10 servings

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