Canadian Fried Dough Pastry Recipe

Living in Canada sure does have its perks. The weather is usually nice, people are friendly, and the scenery is just gorgeous. Those things are great, but honestly, the food is what keeps me here. Around every corner is a little bakery or family owned shop with the most delicious and moist foods I have ever tasted. If you know me, after enjoying a snack a few times, I am ready to try my hand at making it. That is exactly what I am bringing to you today, the Canadian Fried Dough Pastry or also know as Elephant Ears.

Canadian Fried Dough Pastry Recipe

Canadian Fried Dough Pastry Recipe

This delicious pastry is so yummy and really easy to make. The dough is really easy to make and is slightly sweet, thanks to the added vanilla and cinnamon. I usually like to use a dough hook in my mixer, but if you have kids, they can have fun helping to knead the bread. Once it is ready, pop it in some hot oil and it is ready to enjoy. If you wish, you can also make a fruit spread, cream cheese spread, or even just some plain Nutella to enjoy with this dish.

 Pastry Recipe in process

You will need the following 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 vegetable oil
  • 4 1/4-5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • vegetable oil for frying (about 4 cups)
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar (for dusting)
  • 1/4 cup of cinnamon
Pastry Recipe in process

Follow the directions very closely:

  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together the yeast, warm water and pinch of sugar.
  • Allow to stand a couple of minutes to allow yeast to swell or dissolve.
  • Stir in remaining sugar, milk, vanilla, eggs, oil, salt, and the flour to make a soft dough.
  • Knead by hand or with a dough hook for 5 minutes, adding flour as needed to form a firm, smooth, elastic dough.
  • Place in a greased bowl. Place bowl in a plastic bag and seal. If not using the dough right away, you can refrigerate it.
  • Let rise in a covered and lightly greased bowl about 30-45 minutes.
  • Gently deflate dough. If dough is coming out of the fridge, allow to warm up for about 40 minutes before proceeding.
  • Take a piece of dough the size of a golf ball and roll out into an oval.
  • Heat about 4 inches of oil in fryer, wok or frying pan. Temperature of the oil should be about 385°F.
 Pastry Recipe in process
  • Before putting in oil, stretch the ovals into a tail shape, thinning them out and enlarging them, like a beaver’s tail.
  • Add 1-2 dough pieces at a time to the hot oil.
  • Turn once to fry until the undersides are dark brown.
  • Lift the tails out with tongs and drain on paper towels.
  • Fill a large flat bowl with a 2 cups of white sugar.
  • Put the tails in sugar with a little cinnamon and shake off excess.
  • You can add jam, Nutella or a few drops of lemon juice!
  • This recipe makes at least a dozen fried dough pastries.

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Canadian Fried Dough Pastry Recipe
Canadian Fried Dough Pastry
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
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar for dusting
  • 1/4 cup of cinnamon
Instructions
  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!
Canadian Fried Dough Pastry Recipe
Canadian Fried Dough Pastry on a white plate

This recipe is not in anyway associated with BEAVERTAILS®

Lynehttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne 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 loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto.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 City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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Comments

  1. 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. 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. 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. omg sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. 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. 🙂

  7. Fried dough is a very cultural meal to several cultures I have leaned about in our places we have lived. Always a treat for me.

  8. I’ve often wonder how Beaver Tails are made, my son and his family love them, though I myself have never tried them. I’m hoping to make these seen, they sound delicious. I’ve pinned the recipe, thanks for sharing. 🙂

  9. I had one called the tequila sunrise and it was amazing.Itsounds like this recipe and was sprinkled with sugar and lemon juice. So yummy!

  10. Myself, my daughter and her friend made these beaver tails tonight, the dough it’s self was very easy to make, it took us a while to get the right thicknes to fry them . I used peanut oil I think it was too hot because we kept burning them at first , after we turned off the stove the oil got cooler and they cooked much better without burning , I guess peanut oil may not be the right oil to use, This is the first time making beaver tails I will definitely try this recipe again.. Thank you great recipe.

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