Lil’ bun has never tried beavertails before but instead of going alll the way to north Vancouver (I think that’s where they have them around here), I decided to make some at home. Except a baked version because well you know, there’s always a way to make an already delicious treat a little better for you. If you don’t already know, beaver tails are a Canadian treat (hence the beaver) and they’re not real tails of beavers either. They are flat fried donuts with toppings on it to make them even more delicious than they already are. The most traditional version of them is to put cinnamon sugar on top but if you’re feeling adventurous there are lots of varieties of them now, one of which include nutella and marshmallows!
Ingredients (makes 4):
1 cup soy milk
1 tablespoon oil
2 cups all-purpose flour (or whole wheat)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 tablespoon coconut oil or margarine (melted)
2 tablespoons brown sugar (or white sugar)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Time to bake bake bake away:
1. Heat milk in the microwave for 30 seconds then add the yeast and a pinch of the sugar. Let yeast mixture sit until foamy. Meanwhile, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and yeast in a large bowl.
2. Create a well in the flour mixture and pour the oil and yeast mixture inside. Stir everything together until a dough forms and comes away from the bowl.
3. Knead the dough on a floured surface for 8 – 13 minutes. Transfer the dough into a bowl and cover it with a tea towel then let the dough rise for 1 hour in a warm place until it doubles in size.
4. When the dough has doubled, divide it into 4 equal pieces. Then stretch or roll the dough out on a floured surface until it becomes a 1 cm thick beavertail (oval) shape.
5. Transfer the beavertails onto a lined baking sheet and brush them with the 1 tablespoon of coconut oil reserved for the topping. Dust the beavertails with the cinnamon sugar topping mixture.
6. Bake the beavertails in the oven at 350F for 15 – 20 minutes until it becomes a light and golden brown crispy pastry.
7. Drizzle with melted chocolate and add extra toppings if you like. MUNCH!
As expected, these turned out to be a total hit! Lil’ bun didn’t mind so much that they weren’t 100% the real thing since they weren’t fried because the dough still turned out light and fluffy. She thought that they were a little bit like a fried version of a dessert pizza but better. She ended up finishing an entire one herself in no time and brother deer didn’t even hesitate to eat two tails in one sitting!