Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory is located inside the Port Orleans French Quarter Resort in Disney World. It’s theming brings you inside a Mardi Gras float warehouse building, where props of classic New Orleans are everywhere. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some of the items they serve include pizza, burgers, BBQ ribs, pasta, a variety of baked goods, Po’ Boys, and regular breakfast dishes. The one item that they are known for are their beignets. A beignet is a French style doughnut that is deep fried and sprinkled in confectionery sugar. They are made to order, fresh while you wait. I love beignets! They are like warm little fluffy pillows of dessert greatness. They can be addicting! You can buy three beignets for $2.99 or six beignets for $4.29.
If your next trip to Disney is too far off and you want to try to make beignets at home here is a recipe straight from Princess Tiana herself.
TIANA’S FAMOUS BEIGNETS from Tiana’a Cookbook
(24) small beignets or (14) large ones
3 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup water
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Vegetable oil, for frying
Confections’ sugar, for dusting
1. In a medium bowl, combine 2 3/4 cups of the flour with the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Whisk everything together.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, water, egg and vanilla extract. Stir in the flour mixture from Step 1.
3. Use some of the remaining flour to dust your work surface. Place the dough on it and pat it into a large 1/2 inch-thick square. Dust the top with more flour if it gets sticky. Next, slice the dough into 2 1/2 inch squares.
4. Now it’s time to fry the beignets–be sure to ask an adult to help you! Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil in a heavy saucepan on the stovetop until the temperature reaches 325 degrees on a deep-fat thermometer. Check the temperature every so often while cooking. If it gets too hot, temporarily turn the heat down, or off.
5. Carefully drop 3 dough squares at a time into the hot oil. Fry them for 3 minutes, turn them over, and continue frying for 3 or more minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the beignets to a wire rack set atop paper towels to drain. Dust the beignets with confectioners’ sugar and enjoy!