Canoe Paddle Doughnuts Recipe

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Being from Ottawa I know what a good ‘Beaver Tail’ tastes like. During the long weekend in May, I made these Canoe Paddle Doughnuts at home. We enjoyed them with melted butter, cinnamon and sugar. They are also delicious with Nutella and sliced bananas. Who could resist them?

I was surprised how easy this recipe was. I am always afraid to fry anything in my home. I did it in my Le Creuset and it went really well. The dough was so soft and easy to shape. This is a dessert that can be made with different toppings. Why not try a warm apple compote on top of them with vanilla ice cream?

Please make sure your watch this video on how to make them.


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1- In a small bowl, dissolve 1 tbsp of the sugar in milk. Sprinkle in yeast: let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.


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2- In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, oil and remaining sugar. Add the yeast mixture.


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3- In a large bowl, whisk together 2-1/4 cups of the all-purpose flour, the whole wheat flour and salt. Add the egg mixture and stir well using a wooden spoon. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise, in a warm draft-free place for about 2 hours.


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4- Scrape dough onto lightly floured surface. The dough will be very sticky, knead in remaining flour until dough comes together. Knead about 15 to 20 times.


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5- Place parchment paper on a cookie pan. Divide the dough into 12 pieces and shape, by hands, into flat ovals. Cover with a plastic wrap sprayed with PAM or a tea towel and let rest for 30 minutes.


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6- In a deep saucepan, pour oil to come about 2 inches up side and heat until a deep-fryer thermometer registers 375F. Take one piece of dough and gently stretch out dough with hands to scant 1/8 inch thickness. Deep-fry canoe paddles, turning after 30 seconds with tongs. Fry for another 30 seconds for a total of 1 minute. Take out the canoe paddle with tongs and let rest of a paper towel place into a plate. To prepare the Cinnamon Sugar Topping, mix the sugar and cinnamon into a large shallow dish. Once the canoe paddle have rest 2 minutes on the paper towel, brush melted butter on top and place the top onto the sugar mix. Press firmly and turn to coat on both sides.

7- Enjoy these Canoe Paddle Doughnuts while still hot and serve with lemon wedges. Check out this recipe and other Make it, share it recipes here!




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10 comments

  1. Oh they must be sinful!

    We have a deep fryer that I have not used in 5 yrs..and I only do it outside..this would be a treat for the family one evening here dining al fresco!
    Just went to the Old port..saw some of course..and Montreal Poutine!

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    1. It is much better to do it outside when you can so the house does not smell. I was surprised how easy the recipe was and how delicious it turned out. My sons already want me to make them again. I hope you try the recipe.

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  2. Love these Helene! A little scoop of vanilla ice cream on top would be pure heaven:)

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    1. Yes and I love them with Nutella and bananas. My sons already want me to make them again, they were very popular in the house :)

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  3. Mmmhhh, fantastic! I love the shape of those doughnuts.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. Ow! Thanks for sharing this recipe! I have fond memories of Ottawa and this recipe definitely brings those back.

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    1. Ottawa is such a nice city to visit and we have great street food!

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  5. I remember beaver tails well Helene. Here in the west I see them at the fall fair as "horse blankets."

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  6. Looks awesome! I've always wanted to try "Beaver Tails". I am going to try this recipe!

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