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bei·gnet

 (bĕn-yā′, bĕn′yā′)
n. Southern Louisiana
1. A square doughnut with no hole: "a New Orleans coffeehouse selling beignets, an insidious Louisianian cousin of the doughnut that exists to get powdered sugar on your face" (Los Angeles Times).
2. A fritter.

[French, fritter, from Old French, from diminutive of beigne, bump, lump, of Celtic origin; akin to Welsh bôn, stump, base.]
Our Living Language New Orleans, Louisiana, has been a rich contributor of French loan words and local expressions to American English. Many New Orleans words, such as beignet, café au lait, faubourg, lagniappe, and krewe, reflect the New World French cuisine and culture characterizing this region. Other words reflect distinctive physical characteristics of the city: banquette, a raised sidewalk, and camelback and shotgun, distinctive architectural styles found among New Orleans houses.

beignet

(ˈbɛnjeɪ)
n
(Cookery) chiefly US and Canadian a square deep-fried pastry served hot and sprinkled with icing sugar
[C19: French bignet filled pastry, from buyne, literally: bump or lump]

bei•gnet

(bɛnˈyeɪ)

n.
a square doughnut or fritter dusted with powdered sugar.
[1830–35, Amer.; < Louisiana French; Middle French bignet filled pastry]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.beignet - a deep-fried, yeast-raised doughnut dusted with confectioners' sugar
friedcake - small cake in the form of a ring or twist or ball or strip fried in deep fat
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When Joe tries to kiss her, she throws a beignet in his mouth.
Try the twice cooked Beignet tossed in confectioner's sugar and served with a warm dark chocolate sauce.
Cue breathy voiceover lady: "Billy has combined two family favourites: fillet steak with an oyster beignet, beer braised beef cheeks, oyster emulsion samphire, pickled shallots and dauphinoise potatoes.
That day we picked her up and gave her a tour of the French Quarter, rode through Bourbon Street, and grabbed a beignet at Cafe Du Monde.
The Medjoul returned soon in the form of a beignet (a pastry synonymous with fritters) made of marzipan.
Beignet souffles with hazelnut chocolate sauce (Serves 4) For the beignets: 75g unsalted butter 95g plain flour 3 large eggs, beaten Sunflower oil, for deep-frying 50g caster sugar 1tsp ground cinnamon Water For the chocolate sauce: 200ml double cream 90g plain chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids) 25g hazelnuts, toasted and blitzed to a powder in a spice mill For the beignets, warm the butter with 225ml water in a saucepan over a low heat until the butter has melted.
BEIGNET SOUFFLES WITH HAZELNUT CHOCOLATE SAUCE (SERVES 4) INGREDIENTS FOR THE BEIGNETS: 75g unsalted butter 95g plain flour 3 large eggs, beaten Sunflower oil, for deep-frying 50g caster sugar 1tsp ground cinnamon Water For the chocolate sauce: 200ml double cream 90g plain chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids) 25g hazelnuts, toasted and blitzed to a powder in a spice mill METHOD For the beignets, warm the butter with 225ml water in a saucepan over a low heat until the butter has melted.
Thomsen prepared several items, using organic ingredients, that will be served at the new restaurant, including roasted delicata squash salad, chicken breast with pickled beets and celery root, goat cheese beignet and a mixed berry cobbler for dessert.
The molasses-maple flavor of the Cruzan Blackstrap rum in the drink gave Frankel the idea of topping the cocktail with a fried-to-order sweet potato beignet.
The Aberdeenshire beef fillet with marrow bones persillade, red wine shallots and baker's potatoes was calling me but I had the very well cooked wild turbot fillet, with langoustine beignet and wilted greens.
You can bring home beignet mix and make your own or you can enjoy them with a cup of coffee with chicory--a favorite in these parts.
The salmon was fine, the mousse a little cheesy and the beignet uncrabby.