We made it to Disneyland! We arrived Wednesday morning, and what’s the first thing we did? Eat beignets. A lot of beignets!
As you may know, one of our favorite restaurants in Disneyland, Cafe Orleans, offers Mickey-shaped beignets as a dessert menu item. Beignets are a New Orleans staple (which is why you’ll find them at Cafe Orleans and at the Mint Julep Bar in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square) — rich, buttery pastry fried in hot oil until it turns into a golden brown pillow of deliciousness.
The beignets are doused in powdered sugar and artfully stacked upon one another to form a towering pile of dessert. And, at Cafe Orleans, the beignets are served with healthy helpings (and by “healthy” I mean large, not actually healthy, sadly) of vanilla bean creme anglaise and raspberry coulis.
So, basically, these are doughnuts (they’re so much more than doughnuts), and when I dip a little Mickey ear into that raspberry coulis, it tastes exactly like a gourmet jelly doughnut! (Please don’t tell my husband this, because he currently does not like the raspberry coulis, and if I tell him it tastes like a jelly doughnut I might no longer get to eat all of the raspberry coulis myself.)
Of course, there’s a debate over what the beignets should look like inside, so I snapped a shot to showcase the light, airy, practically hollow center.
I really find this to be one of my favorite Disneyland desserts, and it’s quickly climbing the list of my favorite Disney desserts overall. I’d love to hear if you’ve tried them, and, if so what you think!
By the way, they also have Gingerbread Mickey Beignets in the fall — here’s the recipe! (Thanks to reader Linda Keane for sending a pic!)
In other beignet news, I also sampled the beignets at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express tonight! More on those in another post!