Disney reveals recipe for Mickey Mouse-shaped beignets

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Hooray for beignets – and Disney’s spin on the sweet fried pastry.

Through the #DisneyMagicMoments series amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Disney Parks Blog recently posted instructions for its mouthwatering beignets, which are served hot and fresh at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Though both theme parks remain closed for the foreseeable future, Mickey Mouse fans can make some magic in the kitchen with this easy recipe.

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“These beignets are the perfect snack to eat while watching Disney’s animated classic ‘The Princess and the Frog’” the Parks Blog suggested on Friday.

The fluffy fried treats are the "perfect snack" to enjoy while watching Disney’s animated hit "The Princess and the Frog."

The fluffy fried treats are the "perfect snack" to enjoy while watching Disney’s animated hit "The Princess and the Frog." (Disney Parks Blog)

To get started with the fluffy fried treat, you’ll need a Mickey Mouse-shaped cutter – or a little ambition to mold the dough by hand. The recipe will produce about 10 large Mickey-shaped beignets, or two dozen smaller, circular ones.

Hungry for more? Try your hand at Disney’s directions for their famous French toast, Dole Whipgrilled cheese and churros.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 teaspoon of dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 egg
  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • Vegetable oil
  • Powdered sugar (for topping)

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Instructions:

  • In a small bowl, sprinkle yeast over the warm water and stir until dissolved. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, combine sugar, vegetable shortening, salt, heavy cream, egg and flour with boiling water. Then, stir in the yeast mixture.
  • Using the dough hook of an electric mixer, mix the dough at medium speed until smooth. Let rest for 30 minutes.
  • Roll dough until ¼ inch thick and slice beignets with the Mickey-shaped cutter – or cut into squares, about 2 ½ to 3-inch in size. In a warm, draft-free space, cover beignets with a towel and let dough rise until doubled in size, which will take between one and 1 1/2 hours.
  • Carefully heat up three inches of vegetable oil (to about 350 F) in a heavy, deep pot on medium-high heat.
  • Adding in beignets, fry dough for between two and three minutes until golden brown.
  • Once cooked through, remove beignets and set on paper towels to drain.
  • While warm, dust the beignets with powdered sugar. Then, serve and enjoy!