Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Beaver Tail Fried Bread---- you can't eat just one

Called a "beaver tail" or an "elephant ear" by Canadians, this flattened fried dough is brushed with butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar . This recipe was given to me  by a  friend  from Cambridge , Canada  . It's  simple  and deliciously  good . 
Makes 8
For the dough:

1/4 cup warm water
2 teaspoons instant yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup warm whole milk
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 egg
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
Oil, for deep frying
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar

1 .  3/4 teaspoon cinnamon .
2 .  In a large mixing bowl, add water, yeast, and sugar. Let stand for 5 minutes to allow the yeast to activate. If your yeast does not foam, start again (the water could be too hot or yeast could be expired). 
3 .  Stir in whole milk, salt, vanilla, egg, and oil. Mix until ingredients are well incorporated. Add flours one cup at a time and mix until a dough begins to form. 
4 .  Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead for 8 to 10 minutes, adding flour as needed until the dough is no longer wet and sticky. 
5 .  Form into a ball and let rise in a covered, greased bowl for 1 hour, or until dough as doubled in size. Once dough has risen, heat your oil to 350 to 375° F in a pot or frying pan that is high enough to allow the oil to be 2 inches deep. 
6 .  Meanwhile, place the melted butter in a bowl near the fryer. Mix together the cinnamon and the sugar and place in a bowl nearby. Cut dough into 8 equal portions and shape each into a ball. 
7 .  Roll out dough to into a flat oval shape that is between 1/2 to 1 centimeter thick. (The dough will puff up once it hits the fryer.) 8 .  Fry dough for 1 minute on each side, until golden brown, then transfer to a paper towel to drain excess oil. Brush with melted butter and roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Repeat frying the ovals, one at a time, until you have used up all your dough. 
Close your eyes, pretend you are surrounded by ferris wheels and carnival games and take a bite into summer.

Heart Healthy


  1. Beaver tails are yummy. I miss them and I miss my funnel cakes with strawberries and cream. I dream about them. If I ever find out that I have a week to live I will eat myself to death. What a way to go.
    Your chicken casserole below looks very good and is something I will definitely make.
    Love ya old pal

  2. I knew funnel cakes was from Canada , Claude / Lisa are staying with us while Edmond look into Edmond's Bistro , I made funnel cakes for breakfast , Lisa asked where I got the recipe ... I said my PIC , Lisa said she have another one for me ... they are good , everyone loves them ... we made a batch at Poppa's yesterday , Nita / Emil said they was going on the menu with the funnel cakes .

    The chicken casserole goes like wildfire ... I mostly use chicken quarters instead of chicken breasts .
    Love you back old pal


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