Fall at Disneyland manifests itself in various ways. While weather is not of them (Anaheim is always summer), you will notice a preponderance of pumpkins, odes to Halloween and harvest season sprinkled throughout the park, and last but not least the seasonal treats — wonderful, delicious, miraculous seasonal treats.
While you could go for an over-the-top candied apple or a cupcake that is dolled up to look like Ursula, one of the most delicious, must eat, yes-I’ll-stand-in-a-long-line-for items is Disneyland’s pumpkin beignets.
Beginning in mid-October, these sugar-coated pillows of pumpkin greatness are sold at the Café Orleans and the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square at Disneyland but only for a limited time. But don’t you worry, we have you covered. If you can’t rush on over to the happiest place on earth for one of the happiest treats on earth (or if you recently indulged in a few but want more at home), we have the recipe for Disneyland’s pumpkin beignets right here. Yes, you are so very welcome.
Disneyland’s Pumpkin Beignets:
Makes 25 beignets
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons pumpkin purée
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 3 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin extract (optional)
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- Pinch salt
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tablespoon dry instant yeast
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- Powdered sugar, for coating
- Combine pumpkin purée, sugar, cream, water, eggs, shortening, pumpkin extract, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk to combine. Add flour and yeast, stirring by hand to combine.
- Mix dough with the dough hook attachment until it forms a ball around the hook; the dough may be a little sticky.
- With floured hands, remove dough from hook and roll into a ball. Place dough in a clean bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- Roll dough on a well-floured surface to 1/3-inch thickness. Cut into 25 squares. Cover with a clean dishtowel and set aside in a warm, draft-free area for 45 minutes.
- Line a plate with paper towels; set aside.
- Pour vegetable oil into a deep pot to a depth of 3 inches. Heat oil to 350°F.
- Working in 2 or 3 batches, carefully drop dough into oil. Cook, turning frequently with a long-handled slotted spoon, until puffed and golden, about 3 minutes.
- Remove beignets with a slotted spoon and transfer to the plate lined with paper towels. Lightly tent with foil to keep warm while remaining beignets cook.
- Generously sprinkle powdered sugar on top of warm beignets; serve warm.
Be sure to share with your Disneyland-loving friends! They’ll love you for it because, as they can attest, these beignets were in high (and hard-to-find) demand at Halloween Time this year!