Twenty years later, he and his dashing husband are successful dentists in Phoenix, and I still get weak in the knees when offered any form of deep-fried dough.
3 tablespoons shortening or unsalted butter
¾ teaspoon kosher salt
About 6 cups vegetable oil for frying
Mix the water and yeast together in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a dough hook and let sit until bubbles appear on the surface, like a latte, about 8 minutes.
[…] whisk together the granulated sugar, egg and milk in a separate bowl.
Let rest in the refrigerator overnight, leaving lots of space above it as the mixture will quadruple in size overnight.
Use a slotted spoon to transfer the beignets to a strainer set over a bowl or onto a plate lined with folded paper towels to drain.