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How to make Canada's Second Favorite Donut - The Beavertail.

If you're a Canadian, you've likely indulged in a sweet, doughy treat known as a Beavertail. This beloved pastry has been a staple of Canadian cuisine for over 40 years and is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. If you're curious about making this delicious pastry at home, here's everything you need to know.


1/4 cup warm water
1 package active dry yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
3 tablespoons melted butter
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
Oil for frying
Toppings of your choice (cinnamon sugar, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, etc.)

In a small bowl, combine warm water, yeast, and a pinch of sugar. Let it sit for 5 minutes, or until the mixture becomes foamy.

In a large bowl, mix the sugar, milk, egg, and melted butter.

Add the yeast mixture to the bowl and stir well.

In a separate bowl, mix the flour and salt.

Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, stirring until the dough comes together.

Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5-10 minutes, or until it becomes smooth and elastic.

Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover it with a clean dish towel. Let it rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours, or until it doubles in size.

On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick.

Cut the dough into oval shapes, resembling the shape of a beaver's tail.

Heat the oil in a large pot to 375°F.

Fry the dough, a few pieces at a time, for about 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

Remove the fried dough with a slotted spoon and place it on a paper towel-lined plate to remove excess oil.

Add your desired toppings to the Beavertails and serve warm.

Beavertails are often served with cinnamon sugar or chocolate sauce, but you can get creative with your toppings. Some popular options include whipped cream, fruit, Nutella, peanut butter, and ice cream.

In conclusion, making Beavertails at home is easier than you may think, and the results are simply delicious. Whether you're a Canadian who wants to indulge in a nostalgic treat or a tourist looking to try something new, this recipe is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. So, get your ingredients ready, roll up your sleeves, and enjoy making this Canadian classic!