|Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans. (Source: Wikipedia)|
I've visited Cafe Du Monde twice on visits to New Orleans. It has a charming atmosphere and the Beignets are the most delectable pastry you will ever taste. I do have to admit, though, that I personally find the famous chicory coffee 'undrinkable'. I do not like the taste of chicory and I dislike strong coffee. But if you love chicory coffee or Vietnamese-style iced coffee, you will love the Cafe Du Monde coffee, particularly their Cafe au lait.
Cafe au Lait
|Cafe au Lait (Image Source)|
Cafe au lait is coffee with hot milk added. This is different from coffee known as 'white coffee', which has cold milk or other whitener added. Cafe au Lait simply means “coffee with milk”.
|Beignets (Image Source)|
Beignet is a French pastry that is deep fried and served topped with powdered sugar. It is so light and flaky and irresistible!
The allrecipes site has a recipe for you to make your own Beignets at home if you are not able to visit Cafe du Monde in New Orleans.
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F)
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup evaporated milk
7 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup shortening
1 quart vegetable oil for frying
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
- In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar, salt, eggs, evaporated milk, and blend well. Mix in 4 cups of the flour and beat until smooth. Add the shortening, and then the remaining 3 cups of flour. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours.
- Roll out dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut into 2 1/2 inch squares. Fry in 360 degree F (180 degrees C) hot oil. If beignets do not pop up, oil is not hot enough. Drain onto paper towels.
- Shake confectioners' sugar on hot beignets. Serve warm.
There are also box mixes of Beignets available if you do not care to go to the (delicious) trouble of starting from scratch.
The word Beignet, of course, means donut.
Visit Cafe Du Monde
The original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand is located at 800 Decatur Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. In 1985 a second cafe was opened and today there are 8 Cafe Du Monde locations in the New Orleans Metropolitan area.
The Cafe Du Monde coffee stand is a 'must-see' and very tasty attraction for any New Orleans Visit. The literal translation of Cafe Du Monde means “Coffee of the World”.
- Cafe Du Monde Website
- allrecipes Beignet recipe
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(c) 2/2/2019. Article by Wednesday Elf
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