Grandma’s Beignets

By Jason Brown

The beignets at Café Du Monde in New Orleans are okay, but my grandmother’s are better. They are perfectly sweet but light. My grandmother’s beignets taste so good, they make you want to eat more and more of that delicious powdered sugar with coffee. Everybody makes beignets a little differently, but my grandmother’s are the best.

The word beignets come from the early Celtic word “beignet” meaning to raise. While, beignets originated in France, they are now the official doughnut of Louisiana. Beignets are soft and hot pieces of dough, usually about 2 inches long and 2 inches wide. In New Orleans beignets can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or a special treat.

Grandmother was taught by her sister and to make them from a can of biscuits, deep fry them, and then sprinkle confectioners sugar over them. She said, “I don’t use mix. I use pillsbury biscuits,[…] just put a biscuit and deep fry them and then roll them in confectioner’s sugar”. Every time my grandmother cooks beignets, I can smell the hot, fresh bread and hear the bubbling of the hot oil. The sugar on top makes the room smell sweet.

Unfortunately for me, my grandmother does not want to start her own business. I have never cooked before, but I hope to learn from my grandmother. Beignets are a New Orleans tradition and I want to be a part of it.  I would love to make beignets for other people because beignets can bring family and friends together. My family and I had hot chocolate with beignets on Christmas and I think it is the best gift ever.

My grandmother treats me as her own. I look up to her and respect her. She is there for me when I am sad or angry to tell me be strong and never let anyone stop me from achieving my dreams. My dream is to become a video game designer but I can also be a cook. While she does not know anything about designing video games, she is an expert cook.

Jason Brown is a student at the Youth Empowerment Project.