beignet [ben-yey] noun
Pillowy, yeast-risen pastries served with a generous shower of confectioners’ sugar, formed into rectangles or squares – a specialty of New Orleans. Beignets are often served for breakfast or a snack with chicory-laced coffee. Some beignet recipes are based on pate a choux (similar to many cruller recipes) while others are yeast-based.
The dough itself is not very sweet, which goes wonderfully with the copious amounts of confectioners’ sugar showered on top.