Beaver Tails… it doesn’t get more Canadian than this! If you like them as much as I do, well I’ve got you covered. I’ve made my first batch over Canada Day weekend and we’ve been craving them ever since. Honestly, it’s kind of easy to do, you just need a bit of time to do it. Topping possibilities are endless… and that’s really exciting! So take some time this weekend and try them!
What you need:
1\2 cup warm water
2 packs of active dry yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup warm milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1\2 cup sugar
2 cups whole wheat flour
3 cups regular flour
1\3 cup vegetable oil
vegetable oil for frying
I always use my Kitchen Aid mixer with the hook attachment when making dough. In the mixing bowl, add water, yeast and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Let rest for a few minutes, until foamy. Pour in the milk, sugar, vanilla, eggs, oil and salt. Mix well with the hook. Add in batches, the flour. Mix until nothing sticks to the side of the bowl.
Use another bowl and cover with a bit an oil. Take the dough from the mixer, knead a minute on a floured surface, then place in the oiled bowl. (I always preheat my oven at 175 and then turn it off and place the dough in, with a damp cloth on top). Let rise until it doubled in size, between 45 minutes to an hour.
On a floured surface again, knead the dough gently and then roll it out in a rectangle with a rolling pin. With a pizza cutter, slice the dough in small rectangle about the size of your hand. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover while you prepare the rest.
Heat oil in a large pot. You should have 4-5 inches of oil in the bottom of your pan. One piece of dough at the time, stretch and shape in an oval or like a Beaver Tail. Gently place in hot oil and fry until golden on both side, turning once. Take it out, place it on a paper towel and repeat with all the dough.
I suggest doing this recipe with an helper (adult). Do not let the kids play around you while you do this. They will have plenty of time to have fun while topping their Beaver Tails later on! As for my toppings… well I have a thing for Nutella, so obviously mine was chocolate with powdered sugar. The boys had the classic cinnamon sugar (brush melted butter and mix 1 teaspoon of cinnamon with 1 cup of sugar). Dip the buttered tail in the sugar and voila! I’d say that maple butter, or jam or Dulce de Leche from Chocolats Favoris would also be pretty delicious.
You could easily divide this recipe. It makes around 20 pieces of dough depending on the size of your Beaver Tails. You can store them, without toppings, in an airtight container for a few days on the counter.
This is a great recipe for a party, where you could have a cute topping bar and where everyone could customize their own Beaver Tail!
So try this, it’s a winner! Let me know about your favorite toppings, as I’d like to try them all! Enjoy!