Oven-Baked “Moose Ears”

Have you ever heard of Beaver Tails? If you’re not Canadian, the chances of your familiarity with them drops by about 80%.

Picture this: its about -15, sunny, and you’ve just finished skating the kilometre or so of the Rideau Canal that is properly groomed. Your feet are aching, your nose and cheeks are pink and icy, and you’re ready to unlace your skates and have a snack. You might gravitate towards the hot chocolate stand, or bundle into your car to go get poutine. But any real Canadian knows there’s only one appropriate post-skate snack; the Beaver Tail.

A Beaver Tail is simple to describe; a flat, crisp and chewy pastry, fried in oil, and usually topped with butter, cinnamon and sugar. For the more adventurous among you, you can also get varieties topped with Nutella, maple spread, Skor chips, or peanut butter and bananas. Whether you’re a purist or a chocolate fiend, there’s really nothing bad about a Beaver Tail.

When I found out we were hosting a Super Bowl party for a whole bunch of high school kids, I knew that someone would take care of burgers, wings and nachos. My job was dessert, and though I could have created all sorts of football-shaped treats in team colours, I strayed a little. Everyone loves to assemble their own dessert. And what is a better vehicle for chocolate, maple, toffee or peanut butter? The humble (oven-baked) Beaver Tail. Or, because I’m not a licensed Beaver Tail kitchen….the crispy, chewy, lookalike…the Moose Ear.

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Moose Ears

1 portion pizza dough (homemade or storebought, approximately 26 ounces)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup white sugar, mixed with 1 tbsp cinnamon

On a heavily floured surface, divide the pizza dough into golf-ball sized portions. Roll these pieces out flat, until roughly oval (or football) shaped, and quite thin. Lay the rolled dough on a cookie sheet, and let rise for 15 minutes.

Brush melted butter on each unbaked Moose Ear, and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges.

These can be made ahead of time, and reheated in the oven for a few minutes, or served straight off the hot pan. Top it with peanut butter, jam, maple spread, Nutella, M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces or any combination of the above. Enjoy!

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