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Beach Blonde Beer Beignets

Posted by Brittany Pitschman on

Prep Time:  20 minutes
Rest Time:  1 hour
Cook Time:  15 minutes
Yield: 24 (2-inch square) Beignets

Ingredients for Beignets:

  • 1 (7 gram) envelope or 2 ¼ teaspoons rapid rise yeast
  • ¼ cup white granulated sugar
  • 4 cups bread flour + extra for working the dough
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup 3 Daughter’s Brewing St. Pete Beach Blonde Ale
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk, shaken
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Soybean oil, for frying
  • Garnish:
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar, for dusting
  • Oatmeal Stout Cream, see recipe below
  • Beach Blonde Crafted Caram-Ale, see recipe below


  1. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment slowly stir together the yeast, sugar, bread flour, and baking soda.
  2. In a medium sized microwave safe bowl combine the beer and butter. Heat on until the mixture reaches between 120-130°F on a candy thermometer (mixture may look curdled, this is normal), about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the liquid to the dry ingredients, mix on medium speed until all the flour has been incorporated.
  4. Add the nutmeg and salt, turn the mixer on high and beat until the dough forms a soft sticky ball that gathers around the paddle, about 8 minutes.
  5. The dough will be very soft and loose and will hold together when pinched.  If the dough is too loose to hold together add a few pinches of flour.
  6. Transfer to a large, lightly oiled bowl. Loosely cover with a towel or plastic wrap. Allow to rise at room temperature until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  7. Turn dough out on your work surface that has been dusted with flour.  Press dough into a large rectangle about ½-inch thick. Avoid using a rolling pin in order to preserve the air bubbles in the dough.
  8. Add 3-4 inches of oil to a 4-quart stockpot over medium-high heat. Heat oil to at least 350°, but no hotter than 375°F, adjust heat to stay in that temperate range.
  9. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 2-inch squares. Working in batches, add a few beignets at a time to the oil.  Fry in small batches so that they do not over-crowd each other until they are puffy and golden brown on both sides. Flip them once or twice while frying to make sure they are evenly golden, about 2 minutes.
  10. Remove and drain on a stainless steel cookie sheet with 4 layers of paper towels. Dust with confectioner’s sugar just before serving and serve with a ramekin of Stern Line Oatmeal Stout Cream and Beach Blonde Crafted Caram-Ale.
  11. Enjoy this delicious start to your day.

Beach Blonde Crafted Caram-Ale

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Yield:  Approximately 3; 8 ounce jars


  • 1 (12-ounces) 3 Daughter’s Brewing St. Pete Beach Blonde Ale
  • Zest of 1/2 orange, in large strips
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of kosher salt


  1. Bring the ale, orange zest, and ground cardamom to a gentle boil in a 2 quart Saucier Pan over medium heat; cook, stirring, until reduced to 1 cup, about 10 minutes. Add the butter and brown sugar and cook, stirring only if the mixture looks like it might boil over, until thick and syrupy, about 10 minutes.
  2. Slowly stir in the cream and cook until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, remove zest with tongs, and stir in the vanilla and salt.
  3. Let the caramel cool slightly, top beignets with or transfer to ramekins and serve alongside beignets as a delicious dip.
  4. Extra sauce will keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.


Recipe by Chef Emily Ellyn, more at

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