Canadian Fried Dough Pastry Recipe

| February 22, 2013 | 22 Comments

This Canadian Fried Dough Pastry recipe is easy to prepare and so delicious!  It’s also sometimes called elephant ears because of been shaped like them. You can add cinnamon, icing sugar, fruits, Nutella, etc.. to make a yummy spread.


Canadian Fried Dough Pastry

Canadian Fried Dough Pastry Recipe

Serving Size: about 12

Canadian Fried Dough Pastry Recipe


  • 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)
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar (for dusting)
  • 1/4 cup of cinnamon


  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 the flour to make a soft dough.
  4. Knead by hand or with a dough hook for 5 minutes, 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 the dough right away, you can refrigerate it.
  6. Let rise in a covered and lightly greased bowl about 30-45 minutes.
  7. Gently deflate dough. If dough is coming out of the fridge, allow to warm up for about 40 minutes before proceeding.
  8. Take a piece of dough the size of a golf ball and roll out into an oval.
  9. Heat about 4 inches of oil in fryer , wok or frying pan. Temperature of the oil should be about 385°F.
  10. Before putting in oil, stretch the ovals into a tail shape, thinning them out and enlarging them, like a beaver’s tail.
  11. Add 1-2 dough pieces at a time to the hot oil.
  12. Turn once to fry until the undersides are dark brown.
  13. Lift the tails out with tongs and drain on paper towels.
  14. Fill a large flat bowl with a 2 cups of white sugar.
  15. Put the tails in sugar with a little cinnamon and shake off excess.
  16. You can add jam, Nutella or a few drops of lemon juice!

This recipe is not in anyway associated with BEAVERTAILS®

This recipe was modified from Canadian Beaver Tail Fried Pastries

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Lyne is happily married and has two teenagers: a 16 year old son and a 20 year old daughter. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She is also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the Mayor's City Builder Award. Author's website.

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  1. Otownmommy says:

    whooohoooo! We love eating these when we go to winterlude! I would love to make them at home- so happy you posted this- the kids will be so happy 🙂

  2. Leila says:

    omg I love you for posting this! This is something I loved to eat and think about ever since a trip to Ottawa with some friends back in University. The only time I had one since then was last summer at Blue Mountain. Now that I can make it at home I’m so happy lol.

  3. These things are amazing, for anyone who hasn’t tried one – you’re missing out! I’ve never made them myself, but maybe I will some day.

  4. Laurie B says:

    Oh lord I love you right now! My mom use to make these all the time. I am going to have to attempt making them myself and pass the recipe back to her as a hint 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing such a delicious treat!

  5. lola says:

    omg sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo


  6. Judy C (Cowan) says:

    Thanks for the recipe, I am sure these are amazing! Will definitely make them one day for a treat.

  7. Lynda Cook says:

    The girls would like these

  8. They look like beaver tails! Yummy! Makes me happy to be Canadian. He he 🙂 great recipe!

  9. kathy downey says:

    Thanks,I never had this before it sounds delicious

  10. kathy downey says:

    We had the Christmas Eve morning,I can see these alot being made in our kitchen

  11. kathy downey says:

    We had these last week for brunch,seems everyone enjoys them

  12. kathy downey says:

    So delicious with molasses

  13. Treen Goodwin says:

    this looks and sounds awesome , thanks for sharing the recipe , i will def be trying it out 🙂

  14. kathy downey says:

    If you have not tried these yet,you definitely need to make them ….so delicious

  15. kathy downey says:

    I am getting together my Boxing day breakfast menu and this is on top of the list

  16. Well, after months of drooling over this recipe we finally made them. They turned out wonderfully and I am everyone’s favourite parent. 🙂

    There were no quantities posted as part of this recipe but it made A LOT. In fact, I decided to freeze some of the dough. We’ll see how Beavertails part two works out next week. 🙂

  17. Veronica S. says:

    I will definitely be making these soon.

  18. Louanne says:

    These sound amazing! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  19. heidi c. says:

    This sounds like a recipe that my kids would enjoy preparing with me!

  20. Anne Dougherty says:

    I want to make this right now! lol

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