Erin's Canadian Fried Dough

Erin's Canadian Fried Dough


"This recipe is passed down from my Nana who was famous for her doughnuts. This is one she would make us on a cold winters day after skating all day on the outdoor rink. It is a popular treat when skating on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Canada."

Ingredients 2 h 30 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 290 cals

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Original recipe yields 10 servings



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  • Calories:
  • 290 kcal
  • 14%
  • Fat:
  • 11.3 g
  • 17%
  • Carbs:
  • 41g
  • 13%
  • Protein:
  • 5.8 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 24 mg
  • 8%
  • Sodium:
  • 201 mg
  • 8%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Place the milk, egg, salt, sugar, butter, flour, and yeast into a bread machine in that order. Start the machine's Dough cycle.
  2. Once the dough cycle has completed, remove the dough from the bread machine to a lightly floured surface. Cover with a large mixing bowl, and let rest 10 to 15 minutes. Divide the dough into 10 balls, then flatten, and gently stretch into 8x6-inch ovals (a beaver tail shape.)
  3. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Cook the dough one or two at a time in the hot oil until lightly browned on each side, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate, and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar to serve.
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  • Editor's Note
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.
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This is a FANTASTIC recipe. The secret to make it perfect is: Form and freeze the dough pieces about half the size as you want the final piece. When you thaw them to room temp and let them rest a few minutes they'll stretch very very thin. Family rating is "Better than the beach!"- the ultimate compliment. Thank you Erin.


Very good and they are just like the Great Canadian Beaver tail that you get in Ottawa on the Rideau canal. My boys and their friends gobbled them up fresh - really, the only way to eat them. My only comment is to make sure you stretch them nice and thin. Squeeze fresh lemon juice on top when they are hot and then sprinkle with sugar/cinnamon. Yum! Thanks for the recipe. Give it a try!

Sylvie TorokNagy Murray

EH! As an Ottawa native these are the best homemade i have ever had! i like these better than rightt on the Canal because they don't freeze up as fast! a great variation for this shape is the make balls and gently drop them into the oil then roll in the cinn~sugar mix before cooling. as a beaver tail you can be creative with the toppings as well, i have seen pretty much everything for sweet to savoury (and sometimes gross!) be inventive and have fun! enjoy these around a campfire or around a local rink!