Beignets & Coffee at World Famous Cafe du Monde
Are THE BEST in New Orleans
Having Beignets & Coffee at Cafe Du Monde is a MUST when in New Orleans!
A traditional coffee shop in the French Market of New Orleans, the Original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand is World Famous for its Beignets and Cafe’ au Lait…. and in my opinion, they offer the BEST in New Orleans! The Cafe, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week — closing only on Christmas Day and “on the day an occasional Hurricane passes too close to New Orleans” — also offers the opportunity to people watch and is a wonderful spot for the entertainment of the iconic street musicians.
Beignets are square French-style doughnuts, lavishly covered with powdered sugar. The square pieces of dough are fried then dusted with powdered sugar. Coming from the Southwest, they remind me of Mexican Sopapilla’s served with honey or cinnamon/sugar.
As a youngster, I enjoyed ‘Fry Babies’ as a treat on the days my mother made bread. Saving aside small pieces of dough, she patted and stretched them into circles, then deep-fried them. But ‘Fry Babies’ were more like the Indian Fry Bread of the Southwest than Mexican Sopapillas or the French Beignets. Sapapillas are more of a ‘quick’ bread using a leavening agent like baking powder rather than yeast. Beignets have a unique flavor of their own and the dough itself is a ‘choux pastry’, containing only butter, water, flour, and eggs. Instead of a raising agent, it employs high moisture content to create steam during cooking to puff the pastry.
Just as Sopapillas with honey are sticky eating, the Beignets –buried under a mountain of snowy white powdered sugar– are fun to eat, with the super fine powder poofing off into the air and getting everywhere!
Beignets and COFFEE
The Original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand has been serving dark roasted coffee with chicory since 1862. The rich dark coffee is served ‘black ‘ or ‘au Lait’ (mixed half and half with warm milk).
Nothing goes better with Beignets than cafe’ au lait! And of course, they both taste BEST when eaten IN New Orleans AT Cafe’ du Monde!
Images: Gail H; Vicki L; Great Food Fun Places