Canadian Beaver Tails

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 A favorite treat along the Rideau Canal in Ottawa during Winterlude !

 

Total Time: 2 hrs. 30 min.  Yield: 20-30 pastries Prep Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 5 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 4 1/4-5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • oil ( for frying)
  • granulated sugar ( for dusting)
  • cinnamon

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the yeast, warm water and pinch of sugar.
  2. Allow to stand a couple of minutes to allow yeast to swell or dissolve.
  3. Stir in remaining sugar, milk, vanilla, eggs, oil, salt, and most of flour to make soft dough.
  4. Knead 5-8 minutes (by hand or with a dough hook), adding flour as needed to form a firm, smooth, elastic dough.
  5. 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).
  6. Let rise in a covered, lightly greased bowl; about 30-40 minutes.
  7. Gently deflate dough. (If dough is coming out of the fridge, allow to warm up for about 40 minutes before proceeding).
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Stretch the ovals into a tail shape, like a beaver's tail - thinning them out and enlarging them as you do.
  11. Add the dough pieces to the hot oil, about 1-2 at a time.
  12. Turn once to fry until the undersides are deep brown.
  13. Lift the tails out with tongs and drain on paper towels.
  14. Fill a large bowl with a few cups of white sugar.
  15. Toss the tails in sugar (with a little cinnamon if you wish) and shake off excess.

Can also be coverd with jam or apple pie filling, Nutella, Maple Syrup!

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