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Canadian Fried Dough Pastry Recipe

Canadian Fried Dough Pastry

The Canadian Fried Dough Pastry recipe is really easy to make. The dough is is slightly sweet, thanks to the added vanilla and cinnamon.
4.60 from 5 votes
Prep Time 55 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Canadian
Servings 18 pastry
Calories 278 kcal


  • Frying pan


  • 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


  • 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 a wok or frying pan. Temperature of the oil should be about 385°F.
  • 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!


Serving: 1fried doughCalories: 278kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 6gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 210mgPotassium: 104mgFiber: 3gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 50IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 57mgIron: 2mg
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