Mardi Gras Beignets


1 (1-pound) loaf frozen bread dough, thawed
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar, divided
2 cups vegetable shortening


1.In a medium bowl, combine bread dough and 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar. Using your hands, knead sugar into dough. Lightly flour a cutting board and with a floured rolling pin, roll out dough to an 8-inch by 16-inch rectangle. Cut into 2-inch squares.

2.In a large deep skillet over medium heat, heat shortening until hot. Add dough squares a few at a time and cook in batches about 30 seconds per side, or until golden. Drain on a paper towel-lined platter.

3.Sprinkle beignets with remaining confectioners’ sugar and serve warm.