Disney’s Mickey-Shaped Beignets are glorious deep-fried doughnuts that arrive hot in a bag, with a fluffy, pillowy dough on the inside and a lightly crisped shell on the outside. To top it off they all get coated with powdered sugar for finger-licking perfection.
Usually, you could only find these at Disneyland’s New Orleans Square or Walt Disney World’s Port Orleans, until now.
Disney just released the recipe to this cult-classic, so you can make them at home. This is the official recipe used in both parks. Though they look a little complicated to make, they really aren’t. All you need are the following simple ingredients which serves 10 large Mickey-shaped beignets or two dozen small beignets.
- ½ teaspoon dry yeast
- ¼ cup warm water (105°)
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 egg
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup boiling water
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Powdered sugar
- Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a small bowl, stirring to dissolve. Let stand for 5 minutes.
- Combine sugar, shortening, salt, heavy cream, egg, flour and boiling water in a large bowl; stir in yeast mixture.
- With the dough hook attachment of an electric mixer on medium speed, mix the dough just until combined and smooth. Let dough rest for 30 minutes.
- Roll to ¼-inch thickness and cut individual beignets with a Mickey Mouse-shaped cutter or cut into 2 ½ to 3-inch squares.
- Cover with a towel and let dough rise until doubled in size in a warm, draft-free area, about 1 to 1 ½ hours.
- Using caution, heat 3 inches of vegetable oil to 350°F in a deep, heavy pot over medium-high heat.
- Fry beignets until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes, turning as soon as they brown on one side. Remove with tongs and place on paper towels to drain.
- Dust warm beignets with powdered sugar and serve immediately.