From Basque burnt cheesecake to doughnuts to tiramisu, the Circuit Breaker here in Singapore has definitely gotten our sweet tooth going! However, we say there's always room for more desserts, especially something super unique. ? Beignets are a New Orleans dessert with French roots and are usually hard to find in Singapore. You might have recognised them from Disney's 'The Princess and the Frog'! ?
If you're wondering what these pillowy snacks taste like, the good news is that The Beignets is a Muslim home baker who sells the first halal beignets in Singapore!
Let's start small: what are beignets? ? Put simply, they're made similarly to doughnuts but without needing to punch out any holes. Beignets are usually deep-fried and can be made with ingredients easily found at the supermarket so you can even try making them on your own with this simple recipe!
If you don't feel like making your own beignets however, don't worry because The Beignets has got your back. ? This Muslim home baker makes this simple dessert with a variety of different fillings, including peaches & cream cheese, strawberries & cream cheese, and Nutella! ?
After several failed attempts (the boxes sell out super fast!), I finally managed to score a box of her plain beignets for myself! The beignets arrived in a box of 6, along with a packet of powdered sugar to be sprinkled over them later. Each beignet is super light and soft to the touch - if you press just a little too hard, you'll actually flatten it pretty easily! There was a buttery aroma to them, but it wasn't too overpowering.
Note: This is not a sponsored post, but it is purely a review from my own experience. ?
See how puffed up they are? Definitely a sign I'd overheated them for too long. ?
The instructions are to microwave or air-fry them for 1-2 minutes to reheat them before eating, so on my first try I popped half my beignets into the microwave for about a minute. Turns out, it really depends on how strong your microwave is. ? My pastries emerged actually sizzling from the oil being reheated - it smelled and sounded amazing, but I'd basically just deep-fried it once more. Each piece turned out really hard, so I ended up wasting about half a box. If you're heating up your beignets I recommend putting them in for only 15-20 seconds at a time so that you don't overheat them like I did!
The inside is hollow!
The second time around, I put them in for about 30-40 seconds, and they came out so much better! They had a slightly crunchy crust but were pillowy and light once you bite down. ? If you're wondering how airy it can be - the inside of the beignet is actually hollow! There's a slight chewiness to the pastry itself so it doesn't feel like you're just biting down on air. With the warm crust and buttery taste, it was a really good mid-day snack. I can only imagine how good it tastes to bite down into a flavoured one - honestly I had a moment of regret that I hadn't ordered the Nutella-stuffed ones. ?
Of course, I had to make good use of the powdered sugar - and it goes amazing with the beignets! Even though it sounds super simple (just powdered sugar and fried dough), something about the combination tastes so good. And even after I sprinkled the powdered sugar all over, the pastry itself was so light that it didn't feel like a super indulgent or guilt-worthy snack. There is a bit of greasiness since it's deep-fried, but you can just pat it down with a paper towel. ? Overall, I think it's something worth a try as you can't get halal beignets anywhere else in Singapore.
P.S. On the plus side, I also had a really good experience talking to the baker to arrange my order. Part of the charm of buying from a home-based business is being able to interact with the person on the other side of the account, and in this case, it made me want to order even more boxes after I'd already put in my order! ?
The flavoured beignets come in boxes of 14 and you can choose to have them all in one flavour (from $16/box) or pick and choose a mix (from $1.60/piece). For special events or if you're just craving more buttery goodness, they also offer boxes of 35 (from $34/box for one flavour, or from $1.40/piece for a mix). The sales are announced on their IG story and the boxes can sell out super fast - sometimes within an hour! Occasionally they might have extras or plain ones, so you should keep an eye on their Instagram for updates to not miss your chance. ?
Halal status: Muslim-owned
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