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Beaver Tails

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Beaver Tails

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Ingredients

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1/4 cup Warm Water
8g packet/ 2 1/2 tsp Dried Active Yeast
1/2 cup Milk warmed
2 tbsp Butter melted
2 tbsp Caster Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Egg
2 1/2 cups Strong White Bread Flour
1 litre Vegetable Oil for frying
1 cup Caster Sugar
1 tbsp Cinnamon

These are doughnuts resembling beaver tails are fabulous as a warming snack in the winter.

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By Great Canadian Cookbook

I’ve been wanting to make beaver tails for such a long time, but the Canadian Grand Prix is in the summer and these have never seemed appropriate to make. We took advantage of a miserable weekend in February to these and we were not disappointed. Although the recipe says it takes 2 hours, most of that is rising time.

Thank you to Great Canadian Cookbook for this recipe.

 

Steps

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In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the warm water, warm milk, yeast and 1 tsp sugar. Let stand until foamy, about 10 minut

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Add melted butter, sugar, salt, vanilla and eggs. Give everything a good mix together. Add flour and mix with the dough hook (or with a wooden spoon if you’re not using a mixer) and mix until the dough comes together and no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl. Knead for about 6 minutes in the mixer and 10 minutes by hand, until the dough is smooth, silky. Use extra flour if dough is sticky.

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Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a damp towel. Leave to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

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Punch down dough and place onto a lightly floured counter top. Shape into 8 equal sized pieces. Using a rolling pin, roll out each piece of dough into an oval shape. If you like, score a crisscross pattern in the top of dough.

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Place on a lightly floured baking sheet and leave to rise, covered, for 30 minutes or until doubled in size

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Make cinnamon sugar by combining sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl.

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Heat a large wide pot with about two inches of oil. Heat to 350F/176C. If you don’t have a thermometer, check the oil’s temperature by tearing off a small piece of dough and see if it sizzles and floats to the surface. Keep a close eye on the oil, adjust temperature as needed to prevent it from getting too hot. If you see it smoking or crackling take off the heat to cool down before frying.

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Fry your doughnuts on each side for 30-60 seconds until they are golden brown. Dunk immediately in cinnamon sugar or top with lemon and sugar, Nutella, jam or my favourite, maple syrup!.

Zoe Negus

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