Easy no-yeast beignets recipe with a touch of vanilla, cinnamon and lemon, or the best fried doughnuts, the Romanian way. So simple, no need to wait for the dough to prove, ready in less than 15 minutes. And that’s how l like things done!!!
This is the easiest recipe if you are looking for quick doughnuts and don’t have time for kneading, proving, cutting nice shapes, then frying. All you do is mix the ingredients together, then one spoonful goes into the hot oil; and ta-daah, they are ready. Oh, l should havd probably mentioned that beignets is the French term for doughnuts (donuts). The shape is usually square or round (but never with a hole in the middle) and they are coated in powdered sugar once they cool down a bit. In Romania we love them too, and, although traditionally you would make them with yeast, the easy version tastes just as good. The recipe can be tweaked to your liking, and even make it vegan-friendly by replacing milk with water and omitting the egg.
As for the flavours, you don’t have to use all of them together, you might only like to add lemon, vanilla or cinnamon, but l find that this combination works very well. Also, you can use normal powdered sugar or icing sugar, but if you happen to have vanilla-flavoured powdered sugar, even better, the beignets will taste wonderfully. One more trick, make sure the heat is not too high, otherwise the beignets will brown too quickly, while the middle is still raw, plus then they could look burnt before you have a chance to get them out of the pan.
Are you looking for the non-fried doughnuts? I have this amazing recipe for Baked salted caramel doughnuts. Oh my Lord! What a treat that is!!! You can’t really say they are baked, they taste like the real deal, trust me on that. Another recipe for doughnuts I love, is the Romanian absolute favourite: Cheese doughnuts aka Romanian papanasi. If you ever visit the country, you will definitely be offered some! So, let’s make some beignets now!
Easy no-yeast beignets recipe
Easy no-yeast beignets recipe with a touch of vanilla, cinnamon and lemon, or the best fried doughnuts, the Romanian way.
- 225 g plain flour
- 3 tbsp caster sugar
- 1 sachet powdered vanilla sugar (7g) more to sprinkle
- 1/2 tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- zest of one lemon
- 1 cup milk (250ml)
- 1 egg
- 1 cup oil (for frying)
In a large bowl, add the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, lemon and cinnamon and mix them well.
Beat the egg lightly, and add it to the bowl together with the milk.
Use a silicone spatula to mix everything together, you should have a smooth batter than is thicker than the pancakes one.
Heat up the oil in a deep frying pan.
Use a spoon to scoop batter, and carefully dip it in the pan.
Fry for 1-2 minutes until golden brown, then turn on the other side. You will notice than once they are turned on the other side, they become from flat nice and round.
Transfer on a plate lined with kitchen paper and once they cool down a bit, sprinkle with powdered sugar.