Beignet: a French doughnut. or heavenly sweet pillow of dough that is impossible to eat without making a mess. Café du Monde in the heart of the New Orleans French Market is famous for their beignets and chicory coffee (which I feel is best cold, they make it like a coffee slushie…mmm I can taste it now…) The Cafe is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It closes only on Christmas Day and on the day an occasional Hurricane passes too close to New Orleans. The Original Cafe Du Monde is a traditional coffee shop. Its menu consists of dark roasted Coffee and Chicory, Beignets, White and Chocolate Milk, and fresh squeezed Orange Juice. The coffee is served Black or Au Lait. Au Lait means that it is mixed half and half with hot milk. Beignets are square French -style doughnuts, lavishly covered with powdered sugar. In 1988 Iced Coffee was introduced to the cafe. Soft drinks also made their debut that year. I was so excited to see that not only could you purchase cans of coffee there but you can buy the beignet mix as well! I was not, however, as excited when I got home and found the local grocery store carried the mix as well and for a dollar cheaper. Isnt it funny how some things you never notice until you look for them? So this was bad for me, but good for you; now you can go pick some up and make them at home! Get into the spirit of things by using a French rolling pin and word to the wise, don’t overmix! Here’s some pictures of our visit to the café in 2012. I tell ya what, that butcher takes some pretty good pictures, I’ve trained him well!
It seems to always be PACKED. We waited in line almost an hour and that was just for the to-go window, we weren’t even trying to get a seat inside the café! But fortunately there were benches and a nice walking bridge nearby to sit at and enjoy our delicacies! The whole establishment was run by very small, very efficient, and very…mean Asian women! But they sure know what they’re doing!
Proof that no matter how cute you’re trying to look, it’s impossible not to make a mess. Powdered sugar is not your friend. But it’s totally worth it.