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The Honorable John Breaux

former United States Senator, Louisiana

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New Orleans Beignets

"I am pleased to provide you with copies of my family's favorite recipes. All of these recipes are considered authentic Cajun food from the Cajun country of Louisiana where I was born." - Senator John Breaux

Ingredients
1 package active dry yeast
1-1/2 cups warm water
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup evaporated milk (undiluted)
7 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup soft shortening
Oil for frying
Confectioners' powdered sugar

In a large mixing bowl, sprinkle yeast over water, stir to dissolve. Add sugar, salt, eggs, and milk. Blend with blender. Add 4 cups flour; beat smooth. Add shortening and beat in remaining 3 cups flour. Cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight. Roll out on floured board to 1/8-inch thick. Cut into 2-1/2 inch squares. Deep fry at 360 degrees for 2 to 3 minutes until lightly browned on both sides. Drain on towel and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve hot.

Yield: 5 dozen

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