Beaver Tails

A Canadian staple (at least in my house), no need for a grand introduction other than that. If you are craving something sweet this morning, give Beaver Tails a try…


4 teaspoons yeast
½ cup warm water
½ cup milk warmed 
5 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
½ cup sugar plus 1 tablespoon
2- 4 cups all-purpose flour 
Pinch of salt 
Vegetable oil for frying
Cinnamon and sugar (to coat)


Place yeast in warm water with a tablespoon of sugar. Let sit for 10 minutes until the yeast is nice and frothy. 

In a large bowl, add 2 cups of flour, sugar and a pinch of salt.  Make a well and add eggs, warm milk, yeast mixture, and melted butter.  Begin to form a dough.  If the dough is wet, continue to add flour until it no longer sticks to the bowl. Knead dough on hard surface until smooth and elastic. 

Grease and place dough back into the bowl. Cover with a dishtowel or saran wrap and allow to rest for 1 – ½ hours or until double in size.

Punch dough down and divide into 12 equal balls. 24 balls if you wish to have mini beavertails.

Heat about 2 inches of oil in a large high-sided pot to 350 degrees.  

Roll each ball into an oval. Place in oil and cook on each side for about 30-45 seconds or until golden brown. 

Remove and place briefly on a paper towel to remove excess oil.   Toss in cinnamon sugar and repeat with remaining balls.  Enjoy.