Definition of beignet in English:

beignet

noun

North American
  • 1A fritter:

    ‘a cheese beignet’
    • ‘Walked off the crawfish beignets and bread pudding while admiring the Greek Revival and Italian architecture on the Garden District Walking Tour.’
    • ‘It was getting on toward noon and the place was packed so I leaned against the wall near where the beignets are made watching the cook.’
    • ‘It's worth a trip to Hollywood just to eat it; or to sample the molten, skillfully fried finger-banana dessert fritters billed on the menu as ‘banana beignets.’’
    • ‘During our two night stay we savoured such delights as a salad of roast duck foie gras, steamed native sea bass with crushed Jersey Royals, and roast cannon of Galloway lamb with tomato couscous and haggis beignet.’
    • ‘Cut beignet into quarters and arrange on plates.’
    • ‘All our dishes were served with a side of white rice and a very tasty deep-fried cauliflower beignet.’
    • ‘Next to the mango skewers, arrange two beignets, cutting one in half.’
    • ‘And you can't fool me: Apple beignets are great doughnuts without the hole.’
    • ‘There are a variety of sorbets in flavours like litchi, mango, coconut and lemon, as well as an lineup of deep-fried pineapple, apple or banana beignets.’
    • ‘Of late, chef Jorgensen has been pairing ice-cold vodka Martinis with caviar, pickled quail eggs, goat cheese pizza, Gorgonzola cheese beignets and tartars.’
    • ‘Melissa, my dedicated Survivor contestant, made two separate batches: due to a successful whining campaign by yours truly, in addition to caramelized-apple beignets, she whipped up a batch of chocolate-filled beignets just for me!’
    • ‘There are crème brûlées and little apple beignets for dessert, but the most emblematic dish of all is the rice pudding.’
    • ‘As I read it, I can almost smell the beignets frying and feel the sun on my skin.’
    • ‘But where does this leave Louisiana's favorite French-fried fritter, the beignet?’
    • ‘As with the terrine, there was certainly a good-sized portion, but the beignets were a little short on garlic and a touch too dry for my taste.’
    • ‘Banana beignets are a neat surprise. The hot apple crisp and the cookies are satisfying.’
    • ‘A roasted pear stuffed with blue cheese and splashed with a port-wine-laced vinaigrette produces an enticingly light beignet.’
    • ‘For the ricotta beignets: Preheat the fryer to 375 degrees.’
    • ‘To start, I had cured Glenarm salmon with Avruga caviar, served with dill and chive cream and an oyster beignet.’
  • 2A square of fried dough eaten hot sprinkled with icing sugar.

    • ‘The cafe serves chicory-laced coffee and square beignets dusted with powdered sugar, all day.’
    • ‘When I saw the beignet chef toss that dough and make clouds of flour for that laughing little girl it surprised me how much it made me miss Ben.’
    • ‘I was only having split pea soup, thanks to complaints from my dance partner - too many beignets I guess.’
    • ‘Mix sugar and cinnamon together; gently roll beignets in mixture.’
    • ‘Grabbing a couple of beignets and a cup of coffee, he gestured towards the kitchen.’
    • ‘The café is considered to be the home of beignet and chicory coffee.’
    • ‘For dessert (and dessert's my favorite part of any meal) I had beignets with maple ice cream, caramel and citrus mango marmalade.’
    • ‘Fry the beignets gently until brown and crispy on one side, turn, and cook the other side.’
    • ‘I ended up with about a dozen and a half beignets, which I sprinkled with powdered sugar using my grandmother's spring-loaded flour sifter while singing Jingle Bells, and then fed them to my neighbors.’
    • ‘In New Orleans, beignets are the breakfast of champions.’
    • ‘Heat the oil to 360 degrees Fahrenheit, and fry the beignets 3 at a time until they are puffed and golden on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per batch.’
    • ‘A few people were still hanging out at Cafe du Monde, a favorite spot for French roast coffee and beignets, and a man playing a trombone outside had a box full of tips.’
    • ‘Before we get going the next morning, we stop for a breakfast of beignets and café au lait at a joint called Coffee Call, which seems to be popular with senior citizens in tour buses.’
    • ‘‘It was down to the fuel, especially the beignets,’ he tells me when we meet near his temporary workshop in Santa Cruz, California.’

Origin

French, from archaic buyne hump, bump.

Pronunciation

beignet

/ˈbɛnjeɪ/