|TITLE||BEIGNET #1 / French
(pronounced: beng-eh, 't' is silent)
|HISTORY||The beignet is a main dish. The origin of the beignet is french and is difficult to pronounce correctly because the word uses those very french syllables that english-speaking tongues cannot maneuver. It is one of those extreme sweets that we enjoyed typically for a Sunday evening dinner meal. As with the crèpe, it was usually accompanied with a homemade tomato soup. The root of the word beignet is 'beigne' and is closely related to the other french word 'baigner' which means 'to bathe'. And indeed the 'beignet' is bathed in delectable sweetness of brown sugar or maple sugar. The closest english word for 'beignet' is fritter or dumpling. (Some families have anglicized the name of this dish to "Brown Sugar Dumplings".) But I am reluctant to make that comparison because it is so much better.|
3 teaspoons baking powder
Serves four. Serve home-style.