Monday, January 23, 2012

Ottawa and BeaverTails

The best part of Ottawa is the Rideau Canal Skateway, which is the world's largest skating rink. When all sections are open, it stretches 7.8 km (4.8 miles). The season seems short as the ice tends to last for four to six weeks, if we're lucky. And a skate on the canal for me always ends with a BeaverTail. Freshly made bread dough is dipped in hot oil and then sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. The line ups are always long, but worth the wait for this bite of sweetness.

BeaverTail shacks have been around since 1978 and started in Ottawa. Now franchises can be found in other parts of Canada, Colorado and recently in Saudi Arabia!

I tried making BeaverTails at home, and although they are delicious, they can't measure up to the ones from the BeaverTail shack.


adapted from Link

1/2 cup warm water
5 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 pinch white sugar

1 cup milk, warmed
1/3 cup white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour, or as needed

4 cups oil for frying

Cinnamon sugar (or toast dope)

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    Esme said...

    I miss my days of skating on the canal-and enjoying beavertails-okay not really as a Canadian expat I like the sun more. The canal is one of Ottawa's great attributes.

    Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

    Those look delicious!

    EB of SpiceDish said...

    Is there anything better than fried dough? I think not.

    The Black Peppercorn said...

    oh my Beavertails! The Toronto Zoo sells them now and that is my one chance to taste them here.

    Anonymous said...

    Wow looks delicious!