A recipe I found on Allrecipes one day while writing an essay during MBA school for a class where we bring a breakfast food and share a piece of writing with the class.
Combine yeast and warm water in a large bowl. Next add the sugar, salt, eggs, and evaporated milk, then mix until well blended. Beat in four cups of flour until smooth. Next add the shortening and mix well, then add the remaining three cups of flour. Cover with loose plastic wrap or a loose towel, and chill for up to 24 hours.
Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface until it is about 1⁄8 inch thick. At this point you can form the beignets into small squares (about 2.5 inches), or use a different shape. Heat oil to 360 degrees and fry in batches, and then place on paper towels to drain. Serve warm with powdered sugar, jelly, fruit, or whatever delicious topping you dream up!