Canada has a very well known dessert here called BeaverTails. Don't worry - they're not actual beaver tails! It's a scrumptious pastry made from fried or baked dough and topped off with whatever you'd like, much like an ice cream sundae. When we visited the Toronto Islands a few days ago, they had a few stands selling BeaverTails and I regretted not getting one, not to mention a craving I couldn't quite shake. I looked up a quick recipe, bought a few ingredients and made my own homemade BeaverTails!
You can either make your own dough from scratch, or if you're anything like me, I made a quick run to the grocery store and picked some up. Frying the dough is a bit more complicated, but it's quicker (They're the ones you'll get from a theme park). With my "baking skills" I chose to go the safer route and baked the dough.
- Pizza dough
- vegetable oil
- Toppings of whatever you like: peanut butter, Nutella, bananas, marshmallows, chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, ice cream, etc.
Let the dough sit in a bowl covered with a cloth for about 15 minutes. This will allow it to rise a bit.
Knead and shape with some flour. Eventually you'll break the dough up into however many pieces you'd like (or however many can fit on a pan!)
Dab some vegetable oil onto a wax sheet and form a piece of the dough onto it.
Brush a bit more oil onto the dough and sprinkle the top with some cinnamon and sugar.
Get a baking pan and spray on some good ol' Pam.
Place your pre-made beaver tails onto the pan. Love how only one of them looks like an actual tail? :)
*Edited: here's something I completely forgot to do and Brian reminded me later! -- before putting the dough into the oven, take a fork and make a few pokes into them. This will prevent any huge air bubbles from forming and from the overall dough expanding greatly. No wonder the majority of them turned out huge! Count on me to mess up a bit on recipes, huh? :)
Set the stove to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (or 176 degrees Celsius) and bake for about 15-20 minutes. Once cooled off, you can add whatever toppings you'd like!
I didn't have much lying around so I spread the base with Nutella, cut up some banana slices, added a few marshmallows and poured some chocolate sauce on top (Yum!). You can do whatever you like!: make peanut butter the base and add some chocolate chips on top or even marshmallow fluff. The choices are endless!
For more ideas, be sure to check out the BeaverTails website!