New Orleans Rice Calas/ Beginets- Dessert Treats Anytime

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 Beignets are not the only tasty Creole sweet treat from New Orleans.

Calas  (pronounced  Ka-la) are deep fried yeast risen rice cakes that are served with powdered sugar or syrup.

Breakfast, lunch,dinner, or just as a snack with coffee, these are a unique way to enjoy the  Creole flavor of New Orleans cuisine.

This is from an old 1880's recipe adjusted for modern methods.

Makes approximately 20 Calas- enough for the whole family.

Leftover rice will never be a problem again.


Step 1: Ingredients and amounts needed:

Picture of Ingredients  and amounts needed:
Step 1

1 1/2 cups of cooked, mashed lukewarm rice

One packet of yeast

1/2 cup of warm water

Step 2

Three  eggs at room tempture, beaten

1/2 Teaspoon salt

1/4 cup (+1  tablespoon) white sugar

1 1/4 cups of flour

1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

oil for frying

Setp 3

Confectioners sugar for dusting

Steens Cane Syrup(optional)

mpierce72 years ago
thanks so much for sharing this, it sure does beat having to roll em out and cut those cute little squares...which meant I rarely made them for my family...looks like I will be surprising them this coming Saturday morning..so my entire family thanks you from Biloxi
these look good... but i cant help but feel cheap cuz i can recognize from these pictures that almost all this stuff was bought at save a lot.
bywaterdog (author)  TimTheScarecrow3 years ago
Mr.Tim-The Scarecow;

Yes, the items in the pictures were bought from Save-A-Lot. I have no problems buying at low cost- do you?

Price does not equate quality, If I can buy the same ingredients for less money--Why Not?
not a problem at all. i was just saying its sad that i recognized all the save alot brands, mainly cuz i work there
annieannie3 years ago
Nothing better than a Beignet and tea first thing in the morning.. I have always bought the beignet mix, but glad to know I can make my own from scratch!! YAY :)
looks interesting!
That looks so good! Is this the treat they had in Disney's Princess and the Frog?