Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, adapted from Essential Emeril: Favorite Recipes and Hard-Won Wisdom From My Life in the Kitchen, Oxmoor House, 2015, courtesy Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.


Recipe Summary

Makes about 18


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Instructions Checklist
  • In a medium bowl, combine the blueberries and granulated sugar and lightly mash together with a fork. Stir in the eggs and half-and-half.

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in the center, pour in the blueberry mixture, and whisk until combined. Allow the mixture to rest 10 minutes before frying.

  • Pour enough oil to come to the maximum line in an electric fryer or halfway up the side of a deep, large, heavy-bottomed pot. Heat the oil to 360 degrees F.

  • Using a 2-tablespoon scoop, carefully drop the batter into the hot oil, cooking 4 to 6 beignets at a time; don't crowd them. If using a deep fryer, shake the basket to loosen the beignets from the bottom if they're sticking. Cook the beignets until golden, about 6 minutes. If you're frying them in a pot, the beignets will sink to the bottom, then float up to the top, where you can turn them for even coloring.

  • Using a slotted spoon, tongs, or a spider, transfer the fried beignets to paper towels to drain briefly, then add to a large bowl along with the confectioners' sugar, and toss to coat. Set the beignets on a serving platter. Repeat the process with the remaining batter.

  • To serve, dust the beignets a final time with confectioners' sugar, and serve hot.