Kanadische Doughnuts (Biberschwänze) mit verschiedenen Toppings

Canadian Doughnuts {Beaver Doughnuts} with Toppings

Try my Canadian doughnuts - delicious pieces of cinnamon-sugared, deep-fried dough served with all kinds of delicious toppings like peanut butter and raspberries. These doughnuts, shaped like the tail of a beaver, are a guilty pleasure and highly addictive. A fun homemade festival food !

Course Dessert, festivalfood, Snack, streetfood, sweet
Cuisine Canadian, Northamerican
Keyword beavertail, canadian, doughnuts, fried, homemade, peanutbutter, streetfood, toppings, yeasted
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 4 minutes
Resting time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 4 minutes
Servings 10 pieces
Calories 400 kcal
Author Kiki Johnson


For the dough

  • 180 ml whole milk
  • 350 g flour up to about 50 g more if needed
  • 10 g instant yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 tbsp softened butter or bacon fat

Additional ingredients

  • 1 l oil for frying
  • cinnamon sugar mixture


  1. Heat the milk in a little pot or in the microwave until its lukewarm. 

  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, mix flour with yeast and sugar and add salt. Stir together milk with egg and vanilla and add this wet mix to the dry ingredients.

  3. Knead everything with the hook attachment for about 2 minutes, then add butter or bacon fat and let the stand mixer knead the dough for about 10 minutes more, until a smooth and elastic dough forms. Add some more flour along the way if you feel the dough is too soft. It should be elastic and smooth but yet able to hold a shape.

  4. Shape dough into a ball. Line a bowl with a bit of oil and place the dough in it. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let it rise for about an hour to 1 1/2 hours until it has doubled in size.

    Alternatively, you can let the dough proof in the fridge overnight. 

  5. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.  Knead the dough shortly and cut it into 10 equal pieces. With a rolling pin, roll each piece into an oval. It should be about 7mm thick. Place the rolled out doughnuts on the baking sheet.  If you like, you can score a criss-cross pattern with a sharp knife. Do not cut too deep! Cover the sheet with a kitchen towel and let rise another 1/2 hour

  6. Use the time to prepare any toppings. 

    Here are my favorites: 

    Kirsch whipped cream, grated chocolate, and cherries

    Greek Yoghurt, fresh raspberries, and chia seeds

    Peanut butter, apple slices and a sprinkle of cinnamon. (I like to heat the peanut butter up in a pot with a splash of vanilla, maple syrup, and some cinnamon, to make it more spreadable)

  7. Heat the oil on medium heat until it reaches 350 F. Prepare a shallow plate with cinnamon sugar. Fry the Canadian doughnuts without crowding the pan for two minutes per side, until golden. Transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate or baking sheet, then roll them in cinnamon sugar.

  8. Enjoy the Beaver Doughnuts with your prepared toppings while still slightly warm!