How to Make Sourdough Beignets

Learn how to make these easy Sourdough Beignets that can be made on the same day!

What are Beignets?

Beignets are yeasted fried doughs that are topped with powdered sugar. They're popular at Mardi Gras celebrations and often eaten on Fat Tuesday.


•Stand Mixer (recommended, but can mix by hand) •Thermometer, for frying •Spider strainer, for frying •Pastry wheel, or knife Links to all of my favorite baking tools in the recipe.


•Bread Flour •Sugar •Salt •Egg •Vanilla Extract •Sourdough Starter •Evaporated Milk •Melted Butter •Water •Oil, for frying •Powdered sugar, for topping

1. Mix Wet Ingredients

In the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment, mix together the egg, sugar, water, evaporated milk, melted butter, and sourdough starter.

2. Mix in Dry Ingredients

Add in the bread flour and salt. Increase the mixing speed from low to medium and mix for about 10 minutes.

The Windowpane Test

Mix until the dough passes the windowpane test. Pull a piece of the dough with your hands and stretch it thinly. If it doesn't tear, then it's ready!

3. Proof the Dough

Transfer the dough to a mixing bowl. Set in a warm location and proof for about 5 hours until doubled in size.

4. Chill the Dough

Chill the dough for at least one hour and up to two days. This recipe is flexible and you can make the dough ahead of time.

5. Shape and Cut Out Beignets

Flatten the dough out into a rectangle about ¼ inch thick. Use the pastry wheel or knife to cut out 1 ½ inch square.

6. Fry the Beignets

Heat a pot of oil to 350-370ºF. Fry the beignets for a couple of minutes on each side until golden brown. They'll puff up as they fry.

Remove the fried beignets with a spider strainer and place them on a cooling rack lined with paper towels. Repeat with the remaining beignets.

7. Top with Powdered Sugar

While warm, dust the beignets with powdered sugar! Beignets are best served hot straight from the fryer.

Learn more!

Get the full detailed recipe by clicking the link below! The recipe includes a how-to guide with photos and step-by-step instructions.