Beignets with Rosemary Caramel and Local Honey

  • Yield : 4 to 6 servings
  • Prep Time : 5m
  • Cook Time : 15m
  • Ready In : 20m
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  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • Powdered sugar, for serving
  • 1/4 cup local honey, or any good quality honey
  • 2 (6-inch) sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup (recommended: Karo)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced into pieces


Step 1

Beignets: In a medium pot, add the first 5 ingredients and bring to a boil over medium heat. At this point, add in the flour and stir vigorously with a spoon. Continue to cook until the dough becomes a solid mass and begins to pull away from the sides of the pot, about 3 to 5 minutes. Switch off the heat, mix in the vanilla extract and add in the eggs, 1 at a time, incorporating each egg before adding in the next.* 

Step 2

The resulting pastry should be flexible and soft, but firm enough to hold its shape. Set it aside covered with plastic for 5 minutes. When ready to make the pastries, fill a deep skillet or deep-fryer 2/3 full of oil and heat it to 300 to 325 degrees F. Form the dough into doughnut hole shapes. Fry the beignets, in batches, until golden brown, about 3 to 6 minutes being sure not crowd them. Remove them from the oil to a cooling rack. 

Step 3

Caramel: Put the rosemary and water into a small pot and simmer over medium heat until the rosemary is limp, about 3 to 6 minutes. Strain the liquid, discarding the rosemary, and pour it back into the pot. (Chef's Note: If this liquid is not 1/4 cup exactly, add water.) Add in the sugar and corn syrup. Bring the ingredients to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the syrup thickens. Stir in the heavy cream and butter and switch off the heat. Pour into a serving bowl and reserve for the beignets. 

Step 4

Arrange the beignets on a serving platter and dust with powdered sugar. Serve with the honey and Rosemary Caramel in small bowls.

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