Making Beignets at Café du Monde

Making Beignets at Café du Monde
By: Michael Serio

Our long road trip at the end of 2019 that led us through Tallahassee, Biloxi, Memphis and Atlanta, included a quick stop at the Riverwalk in New Orleans.  Armed with my phone/camera, I watched (and recorded) the making of beignets at Café du Monde.  Sorry about the muffled audio… the line was crowded and I didn’t wanna look like some goofy TV reporter so I recorded it surreptitiously.

Jimmy Buffet’s song “The Wino and I Know” seems to sum it up pretty well.

Well the coffee is strong
at the Cafe Du Monde,
And the donuts are too hot to touch;
But just like a fool, when those
sweet goodies cool, I ate ’til I ate way too much.
Cause I’m livin’ on things that excite me,
Be they pastries or lobsters or love;
I’m just tryin’ to get by being quiet and shy,
In a world full of pushin’ and shove.
Writer: J. Buffett

Abraham Lincoln was in the White House when Café du Monde opened it’s doors in 1862.  The Cajun inspired recipe for beignets as well as the Creole based formula for dark roasted coffee and chicory have not changed in 150 years.  Locals and visitors worldwide flock to “The Big Easy” to try them.  As you’ll see in our video, making  beignets is as much art as it is science.  The results are perfect every time… a soft pillowy  pastry prepared in front of you, then bagged, coated with powdered sugar and served fresh while they’re still warm.

Don’t even bother visiting New Orleans if it doesn’t mean a stop at Café du Monde.

About elizabethd

Elizabeth Dougherty has been cooking and writing about food intensively for more than ten years. She is the fourth generation of chefs and gourmet grocers in her family with her mother, Francesca Esposito and grandmother, Carmella being major influences in her early cooking years. As a teenager, her family sent her to Europe where she became focused on French and Italian cuisine. She survived a year and half of culinary tutelage under a maniacal Swiss-German chef and is a graduate of NYIT, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations. Food Nation Radio has won two news awards for content. Broadcasting LIVE each week, nationwide, on FoodNationRadio.com and stations around the country.

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