While spending the afternoon in San Francisco, I stopped for lunch at a little sandwich shop in North Beach. As I was reading their menu, my eyes were immediately drawn to one particular item.. Beignet. Insert hearts popping out of my eyes here! 🙂
Pronounced “ben-YAY”, a Beignet is a deep-fried pastry. A billowy pocket of dough, lighter than a doughnut. Being a fan of all things fried (DUH!), this was an opportunity I would not be passing up! Served in a trio, the Beignets were dusted with powder sugar and accompanied with a side of raspberry sauce. Magnifique!
I’m unsure how in my 36 years, I’ve never had the pleasure of trying such a simple, yet delicate pastry. I worked in a bakery for goodness sakes! Then again, it was Safeway’s bakery and they’re not exactly known for diversity in pastries! 😉 Being I had nothing to compare these lovely little fried pockets to, I was certainly not disappointed. Lets be honest, can you ever fail with fried dough!? I didn’t think so. 😉 The Beignets were everything I had read; rectangular in shape, air-y and light. So light in fact that it would be easy to devour a plate full! EASY.
The only experienced drawback… I can’t stop daydreaming about chillin’ on a quaint outdoor patio of a small coffee shop, cool Autumn morning, leaves of the trees dancing in a slight breeze, watching the hustle and bustle of others, while sharing a plateful of Beignets with good company and savoring every sip of a steaming hot Café au lait. Sigh…..