Rating: 4.83 stars
42 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 37
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

If you have ever been in Canada, especially Ottawa, Ontario, we have a pastry called BeaverTails® -- a whole-wheat pastry, fried and covered in an assortment of goodies. These have also been called pigs' ears. Over the years I have perfected the recipe to the point where I and my friends no longer go out to get them. I just make 'em at home! Enjoy, EH!

Recipe Summary test

prep:
30 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
1 hr 5 mins
total:
2 hrs 5 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
20 pastries
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix warm water, yeast, and 1 pinch of sugar in a large bowl, and let stand until the yeast begins to foam and form a creamy layer, about 5 minutes. Stir in milk, 1/3 cup sugar, salt, vanilla extract, eggs, and 1/3 cup vegetable oil until the sugar has dissolved. Mix in about half the whole-wheat flour, and stir until the dough is too stiff to add more flour. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and knead in more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Form the dough into a ball, place into an oiled bowl, and cover. Let rise until the dough has doubled in size, about 1 hour.

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  • Punch down the dough, knead a few times to reshape it, and pinch off a piece of dough about the size of an egg. Roll the dough ball out into an oval shape about 1/4 inch thick. Place finished fried dough on a cloth and cover while you finish rolling out the pastries.

  • Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large, deep skillet to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Oil should be at least 4 inches deep. Combine 2 cups of sugar with cinnamon to taste in a shallow dish or pie plate, and set aside.

  • Gently lower the pastries, one at a time, into the hot oil, and fry 1 to 2 minutes per side until golden brown. Blot excess oil from fried pastries with paper towels; gently press each pastry into the cinnamon sugar while still warm. Shake off excess sugar.

Cook's Notes

A good trick to help the dough along is to place a hot tea towel on the top of the bowl while rising.

Don't forget to try a little lemon, or try spreading some garlic butter and shredded sharp cheese on top -- or if you can find it, get some maple spread and spread it on and then drizzle chocolate over the top!

Editor's Note

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the sugar topping. The actual amount of the topping consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

284 calories; protein 5.8g; carbohydrates 46.2g; fat 9.7g; cholesterol 28.9mg; sodium 192.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (47)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2010
These were fun to put together. They made a nice Sunday afternoon date for me and the hubster. He wanted donuts, but when we came across this recipe, well the name is kind of catch-ie! The first couple came out looking like mutant eggs! So we kind of rolled them more oval and flattened them a little, since the hubster insisted they should look like beaver tails... We did the sugar and cinnamon, yum! But then we noticed the cook's note on the bottom and went savory and experimented. Also nice for a change in flavor. I'd love to try it with the maple spread, but alas. Hell even maple syrup here in France is pretty pricey and kind of a hunt to find. So we went with homemade jams, like apricot, strawberry and blackberries. The hubster went for the Nutella. We used a blue cheese/creme fraiche dip. That is some mighty fine chomping! Thanks for the recipe share! Tasty and fun. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/27/2016
Rolled them out like others suggested but had a lot of trouble getting the sugar to stick. And no matter how thick they were rolled or the heat of the oil these were extremely crispy. Just not my cup of tea... Read More
(3)
42 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 37
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2010
These were fun to put together. They made a nice Sunday afternoon date for me and the hubster. He wanted donuts, but when we came across this recipe, well the name is kind of catch-ie! The first couple came out looking like mutant eggs! So we kind of rolled them more oval and flattened them a little, since the hubster insisted they should look like beaver tails... We did the sugar and cinnamon, yum! But then we noticed the cook's note on the bottom and went savory and experimented. Also nice for a change in flavor. I'd love to try it with the maple spread, but alas. Hell even maple syrup here in France is pretty pricey and kind of a hunt to find. So we went with homemade jams, like apricot, strawberry and blackberries. The hubster went for the Nutella. We used a blue cheese/creme fraiche dip. That is some mighty fine chomping! Thanks for the recipe share! Tasty and fun. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2010
These are delicious, and were enjoyed by everyone. Next time, I would use 2 eggs instead of 3 as I had to add quite a bit more flour. I should note that I used large eggs. I have also made them using 4 cups of white flour and 1 cup of whole wheat. Some family members preferred them that way - just a matter of taste. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2011
We made these on New Years Day - my girls LOVED them. I was looking for a less 'pizza' dough and this hit the mark! Mmmmmmmm Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2012
O.M.G. - I am from Albany NY and every year we would go to the Capital for the 4th of July e fireworks and would always get fried dough. Now that I live in Utah you absolutely cannot get this anywhere. No one has ever heard of it. I found this recipe and tried today (July 4th) for the first time. My husband and kids were AMAZED. We all ate at least 4 pieces covered in cinnamon and sugar and we all agreed it was BETTER than what you get from the 4th of July vendors. My one change was this: we shaped the dough as the recipe said and found it was too thick to cook properly so we shaped it into ovals and then smooshed it out with our hands until the pieces looked more like thick tortillas and they cooked up perfectly. It has instantly become our new go-to 4th of July tradition. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2012
Love these pastries! Haven't made your recipe yet but can hardly wait! I'm a fan of the butter and cinnamon topping. Just a quick question. Have you ever frozen the remaining dough and then defrosted and made the "tail" at a later date? I gave you 5 stars as I know this is going to be awesome! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2011
I was so happy to find a fried dough/donut recipe with something healthier like wheat flour! Right off think I might try stevia instead of white sugar and grape seed oil (ideal for deep frying-less money than olive oil got at Costco) instead of vegetable oil. A winning recipe from Canada-thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2011
Gosh I used to drive from Montreal to Ottawa just to have these. Now that I live in New Hampshire - I can make them for myself & all my friends that I have bragged to for years about these tasty treats!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2011
These are called Beaver Tails! they are fabulous. Try a different topping; jam caramel etc. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2012
WOW! Better than those in Ottawa at the Farmer's Market. Now We can have them anytime we want. So deliscious and addictive. The kids wanted a sweet treat so we decided to whip these up for desert. They gobbled them up.Making them again and again!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/27/2016
Rolled them out like others suggested but had a lot of trouble getting the sugar to stick. And no matter how thick they were rolled or the heat of the oil these were extremely crispy. Just not my cup of tea... Read More
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