11 Apr 5 Comments Cooking with Jeff and Cristina Travel , , , , , , , ,

Hello everyone… we’re back from New Orleans!  We had such an amazing trip… and we’ve got LOTS of good eats to fill you all in on.

Let’s start with the classic New Orleans fried doughnuts called “beignets”.  Beignet in French means “bump”.   It is a pastry made from deep-fried dough, much like a doughnut, and sprinkled with powered sugar, or frostings. Savory versions of beignets are also popular as an appetizer, with fillings such as maple or fruit preserves. Yeast is used as the leavening agent in beignets.

In New Orleans, beignets are most popular at Cafe Du Monde, the original French coffee stand.  The Cafe is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It closes only on Christmas Day and on the day an occasional Hurricane passes too close to New Orleans.

The Original Cafe Du Monde is a traditional coffee shop. Its menu consists of dark roasted Coffee and Chicory, Beignets, White and Chocolate Milk, and fresh squeezed Orange Juice. The coffee is served Black or Au Lait. Au Lait means that it is mixed half and half with hot milk.  In 1988 Iced Coffee was introduced to the cafe. Soft drinks also made their debut that year.

2 orders of beignets (3 per order)

Jeff enjoying an order of beignets

My first beignet experience… YUM

Not only were the beignets delicious, but so was the coffee.  The coffee with chicory is really a wonderful combination.  The chicory eliminates the bitterness of the coffee, which makes it VERY easy to drink without milk & sugar.  Take my advice- drink it black!

We bought beignet mix & coffee to take home so we can have our own New Orleans breakfast.

They must go through a LOT of powdered sugar