Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Beignets are like soft pillows of yeasty dough, created with moist pumpkin and warming pumpkin spices, fried to perfection.
I first had a beignet last year when our family visited Disney World. While we were down there, we made a special stop at Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory to pick up some of the much-talked-about gluten free beignets. As the one year anniversary of our trip was approaching, I was thinking about beignets again. I decided to try to re-create the Disney beignets at home. I knew I’d seen their recipe online in the past, so figured I’d use that as a starting point.
However, when I searched for “gluten free beignet Disney”, the first recipe that I found was for Pumpkin Beignets from a Disneyland cookbook. With it being fall, and me loving all things pumpkin, I thought I’d try to recreate that recipe instead. But after looking at their recipe, it did include pumpkin, but it had no spices. I looked at other pumpkin beignet recipes online, and they had spices, but no pumpkin. So I decided to go my own direction and include both pumpkin and pumpkin spices in this recipe.
It doesn’t take a lot of time to mix and form the beignets, but it does take time to let them rise. Depending on how warm your house is, it could take up to an hour or longer until they are like nice, soft pillows of yeasty dough. Once they reach that point, it is time to start frying them.
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