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Air Fryer Beignet Recipe: New Orleans Beignets

Air Fryer Beignet Recipe: New Orleans Beignets

Having been born and raised in New Orleans, I regularly have a craving for their famous beignets.  Good thing for this Air Fryer Beignet recipe, it saves me a trip and some calories!

Since receiving my air fryer this past Christmas, I have been not stop air frying all the foods!  Last week I shared this air fryer recipe: Air Fryer Churros Recipe, Air Fryer French Toast Sticks Recipe, Air Fryer Smores Poptart Recipe, Air Fryer Toasted Perogi Recipe and Air Fryer Burrito Recipe.

Well being a native of New Orleans, it is only natural I would try my hand at a New Orleans classic recipe using my air fryer, so behold: Air Fryer Beignet Recipe!

Air Fryer Beignet Recipe: New Orleans Beignets

Not only did I want to bring this French Quarter treat to my readers but I also wanted to give everyone a skinnier, more waist-line friendly recipe because those beignets are fatty with a capital F. 

I mean they are delicious, so they are totally worth it but skipping the step with frying the beignets in oil is a total fat saver.

Air Fryer Beignet Recipe: New Orleans Beignets

Air Fryer Beignet Recipe

Ingredients

3 cups flour

1½ tsp salt

1 package instant yeast or active dry yeast

1 cup milk

2 TBS brown sugar

2 TBS butter

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

Powdered sugar, to taste

Air Fryer Beignet Recipe: New Orleans Beignets

Directions

  1. Mix flour, salt, and instant yeast together in a small bowl.
  2. Heat the milk in microwave until boiling hot.
  3. Combine butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and pour the steaming milk over the top. Stir so that the butter melts and the sugar dissolves. Allow to cool to a lukewarm temp.
  4. Add the egg and vanilla to the milk mixture and mix thoroughly.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until a dough is formed.  Knead dough for 3-5 minutes.
  6. Place dough into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover and allow it to rise for about 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.
  7. Roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface and cut into squares.
  8. Set dough pieces aside for 30 minutes or until they have almost doubled in size.
  9. Set airfryer at 390 degrees and cook dough squares for 6 minutes, flipping them over halfway through.
  10. Cover with powdered sugar and enjoy!
  11. Air Fryer Beignet Recipe: New Orleans Beignets

    Air Fryer Beignet Recipe

    Famous New Orleans beignet recipe which is a little lighter on the waistline since it is cooked in an air fryer!
    3.4 from 5 votes
    Prep Time 10 mins
    Cook Time 6 mins
    Total Time 2 hrs
    Course Breakfast
    Cuisine American
    Servings 9 people
    Calories 180 kcal

    Equipment

    • air fryer

    Ingredients
      

    • 3 cups flour
    • 1 cup milk
    • 2 TBSP butter
    • 2 TBSP brown sugar
    • 1 pack active dry yeast
    • 1 medium egg
    • 1 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 sprinkle powdered sugar to taste

    Instructions
     

    • Mix flour, salt, and instant yeast together in a small bowl.
      Heat the milk in microwave until boiling hot.
      Combine butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and pour the steaming milk over the top. Stir so that the butter melts and the sugar dissolves. Allow to cool to a lukewarm temp.
      Add the egg and vanilla to the milk mixture and mix thoroughly.
      Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until a dough is formed.  Knead dough for 3-5 minutes.
      Place dough into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover and allow it to rise for about 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.
      Roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface and cut into squares.
      Set dough pieces aside for 30 minutes or until they have almost doubled in size.
      Set airfryer at 390 degrees and cook dough squares for 6 minutes, flipping them over halfway through.
      Cover with powdered sugar and enjoy!
    Keyword air fryer recipe, beignet

About the author

mandipie4u

Mom of two yougin's, on a mission to beat the battle of the bulge. Love to travel, cook, eat chocolate, binge watch movies, celebrity scout, ride rollercoasters & annoy my kids. Contact me: guideformoms@yahoo.com

12 Comments

  • I can’t wait to try this! I have been depriving myself of beignets because of calories. This air fryer adaptation looks great! Thank you for taking the time to do this and to share it with us. As a fellow born and raised- Louisianian, I trust your taste buds lol.

  • Love this recipe. I cut them smaller and found it was better at 340 degrees for 5 min and I didn’t have to turn them over. I grew up in New Orleans and always had these with a cup of hot chocolate. I love not having to stand over the oil and then having the hot oil smell linger. Thanks for the recipe!

  • 5 stars
    To fill them with a lemon curd do you just fit two pieces together or is there a different way to do it?

  • 5 stars
    Use a piping bag fitted with a medium sized tip, push into side of beignet after “frying” and give a good squeeze.

  • 4 stars
    I tried making them today and had mixed results. Quarter of batch air fried as instructed in air fryer and reduced 6 minute time to 5 minutes (browned better)for second quarter of recipe with expected results. Good but missing the oil fried taste. The remaining half of recipe was air fried with a light spray of coconut oil and they had a better flavor mimicking oil fried with enough “deep fried” desire for my palate. I slit one and put in a little sugar free lemon curd and they were taken to another level of pleasure. Love this recipe and I’m sure to make again.

  • 2 stars
    Instructions need to be altered. First, mix the flour, yeast etc. in a small bowl only to be adding the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients? That’s not going to work. And 1″ squares? Made for way too many. They didn’t turn out to be pillows either. Solid little bread rolls. That being said, they were tasty.

  • I was so looking forward to this recipe… I will try it again, but dang I forgot the egg. Any ideas how to bake this off? It’s rising nicely.