The wonderful aroma of a warm sweet pastry is becoming commonplace at many tourist locales across Canada -- but there is nothing common about this delicious, uniquely Canadian confection. People line up for these donut like snack! Yummy! And for some reason, it's an outdoor winter treat!
Beaver tail dough:
1/2 cup warm water
5 teaspoons dry yeast
pinch of sugar
1 cup warm milk
1/3 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup oil
4 1/4 - 5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
Oil for frying
Granulated sugar for dusting
Touch of cinnamon
INSTRUCTIONS: (For the bread machine, choose the 'Dough' program). In a large mixing bowl, stir together the yeast, warm water and pinch of sugar. Allow to stand a couple of minutes to allow yeast to swell or dissolve. Stir in remaining sugar, milk, vanilla, eggs, oil, salt, and most of flour to make soft dough. Knead 5-8 minutes (by hand or with a dough hook), adding flour as needed to form a firm, smooth, elastic dough. Place in a greased bowl. Place bowl in a plastic bag and seal. (If not using right away, you can refrigerate the dough at this point). Let rise in a covered, lightly greased bowl; about 30-40 minutes.
Gently deflate dough. (If dough is coming out of the refrigerator, allow to warm up for about 40 minutes before proceeding). Pinch off a golf ball-sized piece of dough. Roll out into an oval and let rest, covered with a tea towel, while you are preparing the remaining dough. Heat about 4 inches of oil in fryer (a wok works best, but you can use a Dutch oven or whatever you usually use for frying). Temperature of the oil should be about 385 F. I toss in a tiny bit of dough and see if it sizzles and swells immediately. If it does, the oil temperature is where it should be. Add the beaver tails to the hot oil, about 1-2 at a time. BUT.....before you do, stretch the ovals into a tail - thinning them out and enlarging them as you do. Turn once to fry until the undersides are deep brown. Lift beaver tails out with tongs and drain on paper towels. Fill a large bowl with a few cups of white sugar. Toss beaver tails in sugar (with a little cinnamon if you wish) and shake off excess.
This recipe makes many Beaver tails.
They are also delicious with a smear of jam or apple pie filling. You can also eat it with a maple butter cream or something on - it is delicious!