Canadian Doughnuts

If you ever visited Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, in the winter months on the Rideau Canal, which is the longest skating rink in the world, they serve ‘Beaver Tails,’ a sweet pastry that is essentially a flat doughnut with sugar on top. I could not get the authentic recipe since it is their trade secret, but I created a replica of what they serve.

Original recipe makes 3 dozen


1 tablespoon white sugar
1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 1/3 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons white sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Dissolve 1 tablespoon sugar and yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Set aside until creamy.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oil, 2-1/3 cups water, salt, and 4 tablespoons sugar. Add yeast, and gradually mix in flour. Place dough in a buttered bowl, and turn to coat. Cover with a damp tea towel, and place in a warm place to rise for 1-1/2 hours.
  3. Form dough into balls about the size of eggs, then roll flat to make ovals about 1/4 inch thick.
  4. Heat oil to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) in a deep fryer, pot, or electric frying pan. Fry doughnuts one at a time, until light brown on both sides. Place on paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with white sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice while still hot.


Calories: 121 kcal
Carbohydrates: 23.3 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Fat: 1.9 g
Fiber: 2.1 g
Protein: 3.4 g
Sodium: 66 mg