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Pate a Choux Beignets

Learn how to make pate a choux beignets. The classic choux pastry is fried and becomes light and airy fried pastries. Cover in powdered sugar and devour alongside a cup of strong black coffee!

Pate a Choux Beignets in a paper bag sprinkled with powdered sugar

Fried dough. I mean… Can you really go wrong? I would argue not. There is just something magical that happens when you drop dough into a hot bath of fat. Magical and delicious.

We’re on to Episode 3 of Pate a Choux week! Beignets! And I feel I need to have a disclaimer on these because some people from New Orleans (or Nawlins) might get a little feisty with me about thinking these aren’t proper beignets. I get it.

In French, beignet means fried dough. It is synonymous with the English word fritter and in France it specifically refers to deep fried choux pastry (unless wikipedia is a total liar, which is entirely possible).

So since pate a choux is a French pastry dough, then we’re going to stick with calling these beignets even though in New Orleans the dough for making beignets is typically more of a traditional yeast doughnut dough. I promise, they are still really tasty and actually much easier to make!

If you are from New Orleans and have a problem with calling these beignets, then call them Zeppole! I was thinking about how so many cultures have their own variations of fried dough.  I found this recipe for zeppole from Giada and she uses a pate a choux as the base of her recipe.

Though I have also seen numerous recipes that do not use choux as the base of zeppole. Whatever. Call them what you want. As long as hot fried dough is in my mouth, I don’t really care what it’s called.

Pate a Choux Beignets spilled out of a paper bag sprinkled with powdered sugar

If you are just tuning into Pate a Choux week, welcome! On Tuesday I did a tutorial about the basics of pate a choux, how to make it, and all it’s various applications. That is a great post to check out first if you are unfamiliar with how to make this simple and incredibly versatile pastry dough.

Yesterday we baked the pastry for eclairs and filled them with cinnamon whipped cream and topped them with an espresso glaze. Pate a choux has many applications when baking it. But today, we fry!

Check out the rest of the Pate a Choux and All it Can Do series here:
How to Make Basic Pate a Choux
Eclairs with Espresso Glaze and Cinnamon Whipped Cream
Classic Cream Puffs
Sharp Cheddar and Thyme Cheese Puffs (Gougère)

frying pate a choux beignets

One of the glorious things about pate a choux is the amount of rise you get without any yeast or chemical leavening. This comes from the amount of moisture in the batter.

If you have ever made popovers, it is a similar idea. The moisture content begins to evaporate and create steam when heated creating rise. These beignets are perfectly hollow in the middle once cooked, resulting in a very light and airy treat.

Tune in tomorrow for some more pate a choux and all it can do! (the rhyming just never gets old)

Pate a Choux Beignets in a paper bag sprinkled with powdered sugar

Pate a Choux Beignets

Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Learn how to make pate a choux beignets. The classic choux pastry is fried and becomes light and airy fried pastries. Cover in powdered sugar and devour alongside a cup of strong black coffee!


  • 1 cup (8 fl oz, 240 ml) water
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup, 4 oz, 113 grams) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • large pinch kosher salt
  • 2 TBSP (0.8 oz, 24 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (4.5 oz, 127 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • oil for frying, such as canola or vegetable
  • powdered sugar for topping


  1. Place water, butter, sugar, and salt in a sauce pot over medium high heat. Stir until butter is melted and everything comes to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to medium. Add flour into the mixture all at once while stirring quickly. Continue to stir and cook off the moisture in the dough until it pulls away from the sides and starts to form into a ball. This should take about a minute.
  3. Place dough into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or a large bowl if using a hand mixer. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
  4. With the mixer on medium-low speed, add eggs in one at a time. Do not add another egg until the one before has been completely absorbed into the batter. The batter will look smooth and glossy when ready. (Alternatively, you can mix in the eggs by hand. This just takes a bit longer. Mix each egg until completely absorbed before adding the next).
  5. Chill the batter in the refrigerator for at least an hour and up to overnight.
  6. Heat at least 2 inches of oil in a pan over medium-high heat to 350F.
  7. Use a small scoop or a spoon to drop about 1 TBSP of batter per beignet into the oil. They will puff up considerably. Fry in batches.
  8. Turn beignets after several minutes and continue to cook until each side is golden, the beignet is puffed, and it is started to create a seam (the dough will start to burst creating a seam when it is ready). This will take about 7-9 minutes of frying. Be patient so that the inside is not uncooked. Drain on paper towels.
  9. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0

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49 comments on “Pate a Choux Beignets”

  1. Look delicious a 🙂
    lthough not good for the waistline

  2. Oh Yum!!! I didn’t know you could do that! Must taste like heavean! Can’t wait to try it!

  3. O_O…..

    ….I want to come live at your house, please

  4. I need fried dough. NOW. Also, I don’t know why I never thought of using my stand mixer to make pate a choux before…I’ve always done it by hand, and it’s kind of a pain. I now predict all sorts of delicious pate a choux goodies in my future!

    • I admit, I don’t always use it for pate a choux. Sometimes I don’t want to dirty it up. But it can be a tiring dough to make without it! So much easier with it. You just have to clean it… You win some you lose some.

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  6. True. True. A once in a while type of breakfast 🙂

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  9. That’s it, I really should get myself an ice-cream scoop to make such adorable little round fried balls of choux pastry.

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  18. why do we have to chill the batter prior to frying?what would happen if we do not chill it?
    tq in advance

  19. Baker Bettie, So glad that I found your site. It has been decades since I was taught the fundamentals of baking. Thank you for an extensive collection of recipes. I also enjoy your sense of humor & unassuming approach to baking 101. Your site helps me gain the confidence I need to venture into the world of beignets, pies, cookies and muffins!

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  24. we would make these in work and if you pipe shapes on to geaseproof paper leaving a gap at the top then lower in to the hot fat the choux paste comes off after a few seconds! love these thank you 🙂

  25. They are great. There is a restaurant by the name of “Grand Lux ” it is a sister restaurant os The Cheesecake Factory. They serve some using this recipe. Incredible!

  26. These are too “eggy” for my taste but thanks for posting the recipe.  

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  28. I’ve been making this for years, since I was little and saw it on tv, I was about 11. Makes  quick, easy treat. You don’t need a mixer, a wooden spoon does great. Try rolling it in cinnamon and sugar.

  29. Have you ever tried filling the fried pate a choux with a pastry cream or anything? Just curious to know if it’d work as well as it does with the baked ones. 

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  31. This looks so delicious, but I’d really like to add some chocolate in these, do you have any recomandations?

    • Hi Kristina! I have never tried it, but the thing I would suggest doing is to push some chocolate chips into the center of your batter when you scoop it, before going into the fryer. Make sure the batter is surrounding the chocolate before you drop them into the oil. You could also drizzle them with some ganache!

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  33. I use this recipe to make Dutch Oliebollen , adding raisins and diced apple to the dough .

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  35. Made these this morning. Used a food syringe to add just a touch of raspberry jam inside. They were fantastic! I’ve found my go to recipe for pate choux.

  36. I made these tonight, and they didn’t puff up at all. I had to do little teaspoon sized balls so that they wouldn’t be underdone and custard-y. What do you think I did wrong? I didn’t make any changes, only in the fridge for about 2 hours.

    The only thing is that I don’t have a thermometer, so I had to guess, but the oil was definitely hot enough… maybe too hot? idk. They were still tasty, though! I added cinnamon into the sugar mixture.

  37. These look great, but I think they are more like cream puff consistency than beignets.

  38. I made these tonight, they didn’t puff up at all.  Your recipe was off. The dough was too heavy for your ingredients, terrible

  39. Can I bake these?

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