Canadian Fried Dough Pastry Recipe (2024)

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Living in Canada sure does have its perks. The weather is usually nice, people are friendly, and the scenery is just gorgeous. Those things are great, but honestly, the food is what keeps me here. Around every corner is a little bakery or family owned shop with the most delicious and moist foods I have ever tasted. If you know me, after enjoying a snack a few times, I am ready to try my hand at making it. That is exactly what I am bringing to you today, the Canadian Fried Dough Pastry or also know as Elephant Ear Pastries.

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This delicious fried dough pastry is so yummy and really easy to make. The dough is really easy to make and is slightly sweet, thanks to the added vanilla and cinnamon. I usually like to use a dough hook in my mixer, but if you have kids, they can have fun helping to knead the bread. Once it is ready, pop it in some hot oil and it is ready to enjoy. If you wish, you can also make a fruit spread, cream cheese spread, or even just some plain Nutella to enjoy with this dish.

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You will need the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 5 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 1/4-5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • vegetable oil for frying (about 4 cups)
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar (for dusting)
  • 1/4 cup of cinnamon
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How do you make fried dough

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the yeast, warm water and pinch of sugar. Allow to stand a couple of minutes to allow yeast to swell or dissolve.

Stir in remaining sugar, milk, vanilla, eggs, oil, salt, and the flour to make a soft dough. Knead by hand or with a dough hook for 5 minutes, adding flour as needed to form a firm, smooth, elastic dough.

Place in a greased bowl. Place bowl in a plastic bag and seal. If not using the dough right away, you can refrigerate it.

Let rise in a covered and lightly greased bowl about 30-45 minutes.

Gently deflate dough. If dough is coming out of the fridge, allow to warm up for about 40 minutes before proceeding.

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Take a piece of dough the size of a golf ball and roll out into an oval.

Heat about 4 inches of oil in fryer, wok or frying pan. Temperature of the oil should be about 385°F.

Before putting in oil, stretch the ovals into a tail shape, thinning them out and enlarging them, like a beaver’s tail.

Add 1-2 dough pieces of the dough at a time to the hot oil. Turn once to fry until the undersides are dark brown. Lift the tails out with tongs and drain on paper towels.

Fill a large flat bowl with a 2 cups of white sugar. Put the fried dough elephant ears in sugar with a little cinnamon and shake off excess.

You can top with jam, Nutella or a few drops of lemon juice!

This fried dough recipe makes at least a dozen elephant ear pastries.

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Canadian Fried Dough Pastry

The Canadian Fried Dough Pastry recipe is really easy to make. The dough is is slightly sweet, thanks to the added vanilla and cinnamon.

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Prep Time 55 minutes mins

Cook Time 20 minutes mins

Total Time 1 hour hr 15 minutes mins

Course Dessert, Snack

Cuisine Canadian

Servings 18 pastry

Calories 278 kcal

Equipment

  • Frying pan

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 5 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 4 1/4-5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • oil for frying
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar for dusting
  • 1/4 cup of cinnamon

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together the yeast, warm water and pinch of sugar.

  • Allow to stand a couple of minutes to allow yeast to swell or dissolve.

  • Stir in remaining sugar, milk, vanilla, eggs, oil, salt, and the flour to make a soft dough.

  • Knead by hand or with a dough hook for 5 minutes, adding flour as needed to form a firm, smooth, elastic dough.

  • Place in a greased bowl. Place bowl in a plastic bag and seal. If not using the dough right away, you can refrigerate it.

  • Let rise in a covered and lightly greased bowl about 30-45 minutes.

  • Gently deflate dough. If dough is coming out of the fridge, allow to warm up for about 40 minutes before proceeding.

  • Take a piece of dough the size of a golf ball and roll out into an oval.

  • Heat about 4 inches of oil in a wok or frying pan. Temperature of the oil should be about 385°F.

  • Before putting in oil, stretch the ovals into a tail shape, thinning them out and enlarging them, like a beaver’s tail.

  • Add 1-2 dough pieces at a time to the hot oil.

  • Turn once to fry until the undersides are dark brown.

  • Lift the tails out with tongs and drain on paper towels.

  • Fill a large flat bowl with a 2 cups of white sugar.

  • Put the tails in sugar with a little cinnamon and shake off excess.

  • You can add jam, Nutella or a few drops of lemon juice!

Nutrition

Serving: 1fried doughCalories: 278kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 6gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 210mgPotassium: 104mgFiber: 3gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 50IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 57mgIron: 2mg

Keyword Beaver Tails, Canadian Fried Dough pastry, Elephant ears, Fried Dough Pastry, recipe

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