Canadian Doughnuts

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    1 hour 55 minutes

    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.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 36 

    • 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

    Directions
    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:1hour30min rising  ›  Ready in:1hour55min 

    1. Dissolve 1 tablespoon sugar and yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Set aside until creamy.
    2. 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.
    3. Form dough into balls about the size of eggs, then roll flat to make ovals about 6mm thick.
    4. 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.

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    As a Canadian I have NEVER heard these called "Canadian Doughnuts" -- they are BEAVER TAILS (or Whale Tails for the places that rip off the Beaver Tails company). This is OK, but there is a more authentic recipe in this site called "Beaver Tails from a real Canadian". Like the original from Ottawa that recipe uses only whole wheat flour too.  -  18 Sep 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)

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    PLEASE! Although they are LIKE doughnuts, these are called: "Beaver Tails", not "Canadian Doughnuts"! I'm from Ottawa, and my favourite is indeed the Killaloe Sunrise (fresh lemon juice squirted over a generous sprinkling of sugar & cinnamon on the Beaver Tail). That with a cup of hot chocolate after skating five miles on the Ottawa Canal, on a cold February day, is pure satisfaction. :-)  -  22 May 2000  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)

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    The first time I have this doughnuts was in a farm fair in Ancaster. They called it "Elephant Ears", a French Canadian friend told me that they usually call it "Beaver Tails". Anyways, I found this bread tastes really great, crispy outside and soft & chewy inside. So I looked for the recipe here and tried to make it at my own kitchen. This recipe is good! Exactly the same thing that I had in the Fair! Thank you!  -  01 Oct 2000  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)

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