Puffy Fried Pillows of Pleasure…

December 20, 2009

Beignets… “[ben-YAY] A traditional New Orleans yeast pastry that is deep-fried and served hot with a generous dusting of confectioners’ sugar. The name comes from the French word for “fritter”. Savory beignets, such as herb or crab, are also very popular.” (The Food Lover’s Companion)

The most famous location for these carbohydrate-loaded concoctions is the Cafe Du Monde in Jackson Square of the French Quarter area of New Orleans… (http://cafedumonde.com) also the home to the famous Chicory coffee.

Statue of the "other" Andrew Jackson in Jackson Square

But if you can’t make it to the Crescent City, there is an option to increase your waistline with these at the World…

The only place I’m aware of that you can get these on Walt Disney World property is at the Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory Food Court at the Port Orleans French Quarter resort… and on a couple of recent visits there (and yes, more than once before those recent trips), I scored some of these fried goodies… (and yes, West Coasters will tell me there is more than one place inside the DisneyLand park that also serves these…).

Squares of dough, that when fried, puff up like a pillow, that are then doused with powdered sugar… ahhhh… just how bad could they be?

Two orders of six beignets each... yumm...

They do seem to fry them pretty much to order, and if it is at all busy when you’re there, expect a little bit of a wait for them to be made, but it’s worth it.

The frying of the beignets

Sadly it’s been years since I’ve traveled to Louisiana and had the real thing, so how these compare to the “authentic” ones I can’t really say… but fresh out of the fryer, and dunked in coffee (unfortunately the usual Nescafe…), these are awfully good… (and remember, I’m not really a big “sweets guy”).

I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily worth a trip across property for these, but if you’re at French Quarter give then a try… I have taken the boat from Riverside there just to have them… might even be worth a trip from Saratoga Springs… oh, what the hell, just go there & eat them…

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