Cauliflower beignets

    55 min

    Beignets are best served hot but if you must make them ahead, pop them in your hot oven till they are crispy again.

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    Serves: 15 

    • For the batter
    • 250g plain flour
    • 2 eggs, separated
    • 100ml milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    • 100ml beer such as lager or pilsner
    • 1/2 teaspoon minced parsley
    • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
    • 2 scant tablespoons oil
    • For the beignets
    • 2kg cauliflower, separated into florets
    • 1/2 lemon, juiced
    • salt and pepper
    • oil for frying

    Prep:45min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Sift flour into a large bowl. Add egg yolks, milk, salt and pepper and whisk whilst gradually adding the beer. Once the mixture is smooth, add the parsley. Cover with cling film and leave to rest in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
    2. On the meantime cook the florets in boiling salted water till al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and pat dry with kitchen paper. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with lemon juice.
    3. Beat the egg whites with 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice till stiff. Stir oil in to batter and gently old in egg whites.
    4. Heat oil in a deep fryer or a heavy pot.
    5. Dip cauliflower florets into theh batter and get excess batter drip off. Fry a few beignets at a time in the hot oil till golden.
    6. Degrease on kitchen paper then place on a wire rack.
    7. Serve right away or reheat them in the hot oven do to make them crispy again.

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