If you ever visited Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, in the winter months on the Rideau Canal, which is the longest skating rink in the world, they serve 'Beaver Tails,' a sweet pastry that is essentially a flat doughnut with sugar on top. I could not get the authentic recipe since it is their trade secret, but I created a replica of what they serve.
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (45 degrees C)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 1/3 cups warm water (45 degrees C)
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons white sugar
4 cups plain flour
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
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Dissolve 1 tablespoon sugar and yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Set aside until creamy.
In a large bowl, mix together oil, 2-1/3 cups water, salt, and 4 tablespoons sugar. Add yeast, and gradually mix in flour. Place dough in a buttered bowl, and turn to coat. Cover with a damp tea towel, and place in a warm place to rise for 1-1/2 hours.
Form dough into balls about the size of eggs, then roll flat to make ovals about 6mm thick.
Heat oil to 180 degrees C in a deep fryer, saucepan, or electric frying pan. Fry doughnuts one at a time, until light brown on both sides. Place on paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with white sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice while still hot.