Similar to doughnuts but without the wait, Beignets are a tasty treat to make for any time of day. I was originally going to type "breakfast" or "dessert" but I thought to myself...
"When aren't beignets good?"
You can make these to eat right the same day, or prepare the dough, and after the first rising, put them into the fridge for the next day. You can even freeze them at that stage and later take them out to thaw them out before frying them.
This recipe is a good basic beignet recipe that you can eat as is or add different flavorings if you are feeling creative. For example, the last time I made them I added 1 T of ground cardamom and it was pretty tasty. If you want pumpkin beignets, just add 1/2 c. of canned pumpkin to the wet ingredients and 2 T pumpkin pie seasoning to the flour when mixing.
Full recipe is at the end of this post.
Here's how I make beignets: