Lavender Vanilla Bean French Beignets - FOOD PHOTO SHOOT

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I've got a secret.......these beignets are so so SOOOO good….. Okay, that’s being a little dramatic, but taste and recipe wise they are 100% dope.


I trust you guys to keep my secret though, cause we’re friends and that’s what you do for your friends. Something else you do for your friends is make them yummy food that they know they shouldn’t but do anyways because they get to use your friendship as their excuse. These fall into that category.


These are doughnut’s cousins with a snoody French name, but they are basically just squared doughnuts. My grandma likes to make natural lye soaps and a friend brought us this huge bag of lavender to use in them. It was more than she needed so, of course, my first thought was to use the extra for something edible! And what better to pair with it than vanilla bean, yum!


I’ve always liked the smell of lavender in lotions and things but I’ve never tasted it, so I was very pleasantly surprised that it’s delicious, especially with a beignet and a load of vanilla frosting! If you aren’t a big fan I guess you could skip it but I think it really sets these off. At the very least you should try adding just a tiny bit. It is very strong and if you add too much it will probably make you feel like you’re eating shampoo, but if you get the right balance it’s so good with these.


I hope you love them!


Lavender Vanilla Bean French Beignets

Prep Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Yield: 32 beignets


Lavender Vanilla Bean Icing:

1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers
scrapings from 1 large vanilla bean
1/2 cup whole milk
4 cup powdered sugar

Lavender Vanilla Bean Cream:

2 ounces (1/4 block) cream cheese,softened
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/2 cup prepared lavender icing (from above)


1 cup warm milk (not hot)
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
2 eggs
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup (about 6 tablespoons) butter, melted
5 cups all purpose flour
oil for frying


First make your icing and filling, Whisk together the ingredients for the icing in a medium bowl until smooth. and set aside. Combine cream cheese and butter in a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Beat together until creamed and fluffy. Add cream and 1/2 cup of icing then mix until combined. Cover and place mixture into the fridge until ready for it.
In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl), dissolve yeast in milk and allow to sit for about 5 minutes until bubbly. Beat in eggs and sugar, then butter and salt until combined. Add flour a cup at a time until your dough comes together and pull away from the sides. Cover bowl with a damp towel or plastic wrap and place in warm place to rise until doubled in size. (Alternatively, you can refrigerate the dough overnight.)
When dough is ready divide it in half. Roll one half out into a square, roughly 10x10, and cut into 16 squares. Place the squares on a tray and allow them to rise for 30 to 45 minutes.
Heat about 3 inches of oil in a large high-sided pan to 350 degrees F (180 C) and line a plate with paper towels. Drop dough squares, a few at a time, gently into oil and fry on each side for about 30 seconds or until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on prepared plate.
Now fill a pastry bag fitted with a long narrow tip with the lavender cream and pipe into the centers then spread about 1 tablespoon of icing on top of each. Serve asap.
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Yeah! Her doughnuts really look yummy.

mmm these look delicious!

These look beautiful. I first had beignets in the Bahamas a few years ago they are very good.


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I agree I really wish she had also added a pic of one of these cut in half so we could see the inside.

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they looks exactly how you say they are, i want to cry right now... not sure i can get that around me

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I love desserts with vanilla, they are so delicious. Thank you for another tasty recipe. Have a nice day!

Hmmm, lavender eh? I tried a brittle with lavender once, and you're right, too much makes you feel like you're eating shampoo. I would be hesitant to try eating it again after my last experience, but in something that looks as delicious as square donuts I might be willing to give it a go and I eat gluten free. Ha ha! -Aimee

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I'd like to have one.

Waw thank for the recipe it looks sooo delicious and must be tried

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Looks so delicious.. Wanna try it soon, thank you for sharing your tasty recipe.😊

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I really love the nice setting of your photo's and those buns look delicious.

Hi dear! I like the french beignets! They looks so delicious! I tried them before especially with the taste of butter make them more soft , the lavender is the good choice ! I like it , I have the dried one I brought it from Morocco 🇲🇦 because here not have.

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Oh, these look amazingly delicious!

I wonder if you're going to prepare something special for Easter? In Germany there's a tradition to bake the so called Easter lambs. Have you ever heard about them? The dough is similar to a classic lemon cake or Biscochón as we called it here in Spain.

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I am absolutely drooling right now. These beignets look SO good!
However, one small correction: in France, beignets are definitely not square. Not the way they sell them in boulangeries and supermarkets, anyway. Totally round and filled with stuff (or without filling, depends on what you want).
Also, I've never heard about beignets with vanilla and lavender filling, this is such a wonderful idea! Here (i.e. France) they sell them filled with raspberry, apple or chocolate, mostly.

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Oh. My. God. I have to try these. Lovely photos, as well. 😲

The use of lavender in baking is one of my favourite things. I used to make cookies with fresh lavender flowers from my garden.

I like the aroma of lavender. I think this is an interesting find for baking! You're right, the important thing is not to overdo it, but this rule works with everything, right? These buns are very similar to those baked by my grandmother as a child. Thank you for remembering!

It is my first time to see that lavender is used in a dessert byt I can imagine how a different taste it will bring because I am big fun of lavender..

Again and again you amaze me with your talent! These look superb! 😍

Your post is extremely intriguing and delightful. marvelous photography as usual.

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Ummm! de solo leer me imagino los sabores, la lavanda es muy sublime. lavanda, vainilla y azúcar imagino la combinación perfecta. Lastima en Venezuela no se consiguen. Éxitos. Buena fotografía.

I need those in my tummy now!!

I think you do. I need to make doughnuts soon as well.

This is very interesting looks very yummy that's great :D

Nice food thanks for sharing it, I will try to make this

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Man they do make my mouth water. Could you throw me one over here?

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These look incredible! 😍

That looks so good !! The photos are so inspiring ... you just want to bite into the pastries and taste the sweetness of it. Thanks for the recipe and the wonderful post.

Love the recipe and the photos look amazing :) I really like the lavender

really good, mouth watering

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These look heavenly,
I am going to try them!!!!!

Holy shit these look out of this world and I bet they taste just as divine! I doubt i'd ever be able to make them though... :/

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very good looks, hopefully can enjoy it someday

Your photography is breath takin​g and I'm looking forward to trying this recipe.

That sure does like delicious. It makes me want to bake and I’m not really a baker but I’m thinking of making the French beignets for my husband and for me too.

Wow...its look delicious and yummy....

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These look so gosh darn delicious. Wow.

I never heard about beignets, but I know I want one! They look unreal! Thanks for sharing with us

Mmmm this sounds incredible. My sister and I are big fans of floral flavors. She's made some delicious lavender shortbread cookies in the past, but how can you go wrong with fancy doughnuts beignets and cream filling?! lol

I've been thinking about making doughnuts for a while, but haven't gotten to it yet... but perhaps beignets would be a better plan. 😊

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Beautiful photos and great recipe! I don't have any lavender but I still want to try making these beignets.

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wow, do not ever put a dessert of those there now I have to run to prepare it made my mouth water, and here in my country is difficult to get all those ingredients, but hey, you provoked me and as I get them, jejejej thanks for sharing the reseta

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