I’ve never been to New Orleans, but I hear they serve up a pretty fab doughnut.
Aside: I love mornings – even the regular weekday kind, when everyone is rushing about (or not) getting ready for work and school. Most mornings I wind up running out to the car in the snow in my PJs looking for someone’s backpack or mitts, and I always run into neighbours – walking dogs, heading to work – and a multitude of fashionably dressed media types walking or biking to the hip magazine offices at the end of our block. I joked that one morning I’d come out on the steps with a pan of warm cinnamon buns for everyone on their way to work. Only I wasn’t really joking.
Because how cool would that be to be walking down the street and pass someone making fresh beignets on the sidewalk for you to have with your to-go coffee on a regular Wednesday morning?
And so when this rolling kitchen cart arrived by courier last week, my first thought was: extra storage! My second thought was: with a solid mini kitchen counter on wheels, I could do some fun things.
It’s got drawers and shelves and a solid wood top, and the wheels lift it high enough that it doesn’t hurt my back to work at. Hello summer porta-pie-station. (Want one? They’re available here.)
And so this morning I got up early and made a batch of smooth yeast dough and let it rise. Then we wheeled the cart down the front steps, I pulled some napkins and paper popcorn boxes from the basement, and we made beignets on the front steps, dousing them in icing sugar as cyclists, dog walkers and commuters paused to wonder what was going on, then stop for a laugh and a few warm doughnuts. It was a Wednesday morning neighbourhood beignet pop-up. Next time I’ll add coffee.
Beignets, in case you’re unfamiliar, are doughnuts without holes, typically cut square and loaded with powdered sugar. They’re also typically plain; you could doll these up with cinnamon sugar or a sticky glaze, or fill them with jelly or Nutella. But the best way to eat a beignet – especially when making a batch this big (it takes the same amount of time to make a big batch of dough as to make a small one) – is to share them with as many people as you can find.
They’re perfect for a party – and if you don’t have a party, warm doughnuts will create one for you.
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