Disneyland’s Cafe Orleans (or Walt Disney World’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort): Mickey Beignets
*makes about 4 dozen
°o° 1 packet active instant dry yeast
°o° 1 1/2 cups warm water
°o° 1/2 cup sugar
°o° 2 eggs
°o° 1 teaspoon salt
°o° 1 cup evaporated milk
°o° 7 cups all-purpose flour
°o° 1 cup Crisco vegetable shortening, for frying
°o° powdered sugar
- In a small bowl, pour entire packet of dry yeast into warm water. Stir until dissolved. Pour into a large mixing bowl. Add sugar, salt, eggs and evaporated milk. Blend well with electric mixer. Add in the flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill in fridge 3-4 hours or overnight, if possible.
- Dump out chilled dough on a floured surface and knead until smooth and no longer sticky. Split dough in half and set one half aside. It is easier to work with one mound at a time. Roll out to 1/8″ thickness with a lightly floured rolling pin. Using a Mickey-shaped cookie cutter, cut out as many shapes as you can then re-roll leftover dough and cut again. Repeat. If you do not have a Mickey-shaped cookie cutter, simply use a pizza cutter and run it across the dough crosswise then again lengthwise to create 2×2″ squares.
Heat the vegetable shortening in a deep pan until it lightly smokes. Carefully drop the Mickey-shaped dough into the hot oil. Let it cook until golden brown then flip to cook opposite side. Remove from pan and let drain on a paper towel-line plate. Repeat for remaining dough.
Place the cooked beignets on a serving platter and sprinkle heavily with powdered sugar using a sifter or large spoon.