A tasty treat to celebrate Fat Tuesday!

2 cups all-purpose flour (plus 2 tablespoons, sifted)
2 eggs (separated)
1/2 cup water (room temperature)
pinch salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
pinch nutmeg (freshly grated)
1 lime (zested)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 ripe bananas (peeled, mashed)
1/3 cup dark rum
vegetable or canola oil (for frying)
confectioners’ sugar (for dusting)

Fill a Dutch oven with 1-inch of vegetable or canola oil and preheat oil to 360ºF. Line a plate with paper towels and set aside.
In a large bowl, add sifted flour, egg yolks, sugar and water and whisk to combine. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, lime zest, melted butter, vanilla, mashed bananas, and rum and whisk until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, add egg whites and salt and beat on medium speed until stiff peaks form. Gently fold egg white mixture into the flour mixture to form a smooth paste, ensuring there are no lumps.
Carefully drop a teaspoon of dough at a time into the preheated oil and fry until golden brown. Remove to the paper towel-lined plate to drain. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve hot!
Tip: Make these beignets as small or as large as you like to fit your party needs!