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.

Carol
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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Dissolve 1 tablespoon sugar and yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Set aside until creamy.

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  • 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 1/4 inch thick.

  • Heat oil to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) in a deep fryer, pot, 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.

Nutrition Facts

121.3 calories; 3.4 g protein; 23.3 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 66.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
05/25/2003
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.:-) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/28/2003
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. Read More
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  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 2 stars
09/28/2003
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. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/25/2003
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.:-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2003
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2003
Just like I use to have as a child.. wonderful a variation on a recipe my Grandmother used..She was from Ireland and then moved to Canada Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/14/2003
These are delicious - brought back fond memories of a skiing holiday in the Rockies! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2011
Yummy... we call these mini elephant ears on the west coast. My girlfriend who is one calls them Mormon Scones. Whatever they're called...they are deeeelicious!!! Shortcut...use Rhodes Frozen rolls and save a ton of time. Simply thaw on a cookie sheet roll out & fry'em up. My 5 g'kids will eat 3 dz. faster than I can get them sugared & cinnamoned. I toss them in a brown paper sack with sugar & cinnamon. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/08/2011
These were good since I don't have any whole wheat flour i used normal flour they were awesome but needed a little more sugar Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2003
Excellent! I made these when I had lots of kids over and these doughnuts went so fast! I now get requests from these kids from time to time!! I didn't use the lemon though. Thanks for sharing this recipe Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2008
they are excellent! we are going to use them for many diffrent dish ideas. easy to make to. i cut the recipe in half and it still made a lot. Read More
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