Puffed Beignets

Hello everybody!

Long time no see! I have been enjoying quite a long break between loads of work and a well deserved vacation back home which I will tell you all about soon. I was supposed to post this recipe for Mardi Gras but I didn’t have the time unfortunately so I’m sharing it with you now. And after all, doughnuts can be eaten all year round!

This doughnut recipe is probably one of the easiest I have ever made and is one of my favorites as well. Pets de nonne which can be translated as Nun’s farts are little puffed doughnuts covered of icing sugar and cinnamon. Their name apparently came from the fact that nuns were selling these little treats and I imagine that the fun name came from a joke. This is a specialty from my region, Franche-Comté, in the North-East of France.

The recipe is pretty easy as it is the same as making little puffs and I think they taste even better in their doughnut form. Unlike most doughnuts that can be very dense and heavy, these are very light, airy and also bite size which makes them almost guilt free.

I also love making these as they are much faster to make than most beignets. All you have to do is drop little spoons of dough in the oil. No rolling, cutting or shaping which makes your life much easier. So if you have some time to make these little treat, here is the recipe!


  • 125 g flour
  • 60 g butter
  • 180 ml milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 lemon zest
  • 3 eggs
  • 100 g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


1-In a medium pot, add the milk, butter, salt and sugar. Wait until the mixture boils.

2- Add in the flour and mix well. You should end up having one non sticky ball of dough. Remove from the heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl.

3- Add the eggs one by one to the dough and mix well each time. The mixture should become smooth.

4- Heat up the oil to about 170 C (340 F). With 2 teaspoons, scoop some dough with one spoon and push it into the oil with the second. Let them fry until golden brown (about 2 min).

5- Remove the beignets from the oil and transfer on a piece of paper towel Let them cool down.

6- Once cooled down, mix icing sugar with cinnamon (I like a ratio of 100 g icing sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon but it is up to you) and roll or dust each doughnut ball. Then serve and enjoy!

puffed beignets-pets de nonne recipe

This super easy doughnut recipe is hard to resist to. Since they are so light and airy, they will be gone before you know it!

I hope you will enjoy this recipe! Let me know in the comment section what you think about this recipe and if you liked it.

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