In 2013 I ditched my husband in Utah and went to the Walt Disney World with my parents and my brother’s family. At the time I was 6 months pregnant with my first child. I love to stay at a different Disney Resort each time that I visit, and this stay we chose Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, which has a really unique New Orleans theme.
One of the very special benefits of staying at Port Orleans French Quarter is that they serve fresh Beignets in their quick service restaurant. If you don’t know what a Beignet is: Number 1) I’m sorry for you, Number 2) watch Princess and the Frog, and Number 3) continue reading and make this recipe for yourself.
Beignets are fluffy pillows of fried dough covered in mountains of powdered sugar. Made famous by the Cafe Du Monde in the REAL New Orleans French Quarter (in Louisiana) there’s really nothing not to love about these treats.
When my family and I stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter, we had the Disney Dining Quick Service Plan (basically a pre-paid food plan. Will discuss at length in future posts). At the time the plan included two quick-service meals and two snack credits per person per day. And each one of those quick-service meals included: an entree, a side, a drink, and a dessert. If you were eating at your resort hotel, you had the ability to save your dessert until after you’ve eaten your meal.
Our first night there I NEEDED to get the beignets. Here in this picture is me and my dad’s dessert as part of our meal. One of us got the beignets I’m one of us got the ice cream which they scooped into two bowls. Pretty good deal if I do say so myself!
It’s important that you wait to order your dessert until after you finish your meal so you can eat these beignets fresh out of the fryer. That way they’ll have the nice crisp flavor rather than getting soggy.
But these have an even more special importance in my life then my eating them at Disney World.
In the summer of 2011 I was going to school at Brigham Young University. I had just moved into a new apartment and wanted to throw a party in order to get to know my neighbors better. Being the Disney fan that I am, I decided to hold a “Princess and the Frog” viewing party and serve fresh beignets. That night was the first night that my future husband and I met and spent time together. That night we exchanged contact information which led to me asking him on our first date (on Facebook that night after the party).
So, in the movie “Princess and the Frog” when Lottie describes Tiana’s beignets as “man fetchin’”, she ain’t kidding!
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Recipe inspired by Paula Deen’s “French Quarter Beignets”