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Lemon Beignets with Strawberry Sauce

Doughnut-like confections scented with lemon zest and served with homemade strawberry sauce.


Lemon beignets:

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (113 grams)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (1 grams)
  • ½ tsp granulated sugar (4 grams)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (125 grams)
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 cups vegetable oil , for frying
  • Powdered sugar , for dusting

Strawberry Sauce:

  • 2 cups strawberries , sliced (456 grams)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (230 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


For the beignets:

  • In a small saucepan, combine the water, butter, and sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring until the butter is completely melted. Remove from heat, add the flour, salt, and lemon zest and stir until combined. Place over medium heat and stir until dough becomes slightly dry and leaves a film on the bottom of the pan.
  • Scoop the dough into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and let cool for 5-7 minutes. Beat the mixture on low speed, allowing it to cool some more, for a few minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Let the dough rest for 1 hour.
  • Pour the oil into a heavy bottomed saucepan and heat over medium high heat to 365°F. Fry the beignets by the tablespoon a few at a time. Cook them for approximately 3 minutes on each side, or until golden and puffed.
  • Remove the beignets and let drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve immediately with strawberry sauce, if desired (recipe follows).

For the strawberry sauce:

  • Combine the strawberries and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add the balsamic vinegar and vanilla extract. Let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce coats the back of a spoon with the consistency of maple syrup. Let cool. Serve warm or cold.
Note: If you want a thicker sauce (more like jam), simmer for an additional 5-7 minutes.
Recipe adapted from The Martha Stewart Cookbook


Calories: 101kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Sodium: 36mg, Potassium: 34mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 158IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 1mg
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