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This month’s challenge is food from your region of Canada. I live and grew up in the Ottawa Valley, right in Renfrew, Ontario. We moved here from Southern Ontario when I was six years old. I always looked forward to our family trips to Ottawa. Renfrew is an hour out of the city and my parents took us on a regular basis.
Ottawa is the capital of Canada and they are known for the Rideau Canal. It’s the largest skating rink in the world. Ottawa and Gatineau celebrates Winterlude. For 3 weeks in February, people make ice sculptures and there is a large snow playground for the kids. You can’t go to Winterlude without having a cinnamon sugar pastry and a hot chocolate. Cinnamon sugar pastries are donut dough that’s shaped into a long oval, deep fried then sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. It’s seriously delicious when warm with a lemon squeezed on top.
The recipe I prepared is taken from wikiHow. I don’t own a deep fryer, so this was a challenge for me to cook. My only complaint is we had too many leftover. I would rather just save this for my treat at Winterlude in Ottawa, instead of making them myself.
- Warm Water - 0.5 Cup
- Dry Yeast - 5 Tsp
- Warm Milk - 1 Cup
- Sugar - 1 Pinch
- Sugar - 0.33 Cup
- Salt - 1.5 Tsp
- Vanilla Extract - 1 Tsp
- Vegetable Oil - 0.33 Cup
- Eggs - 2 Large, Beaten
- Oil - For Frying
- All Purpose Flour - 4.5-5 Cups
- Cinnamon Sugar
- Cinnamon - To Taste
- Sugar - To Taste
- Mix the yeast with warm water and the pinch of sugar.
- Let the bowl stand for awhile to let the yeast swell and dissolve. Don't disturb the bowl. I let it stand for 5 minutes.
- Stir in vanilla, eggs, remaining sugar, milk, oil, salt and most of the flour.
- Knead the dough for 5-9 minutes, adding the flour when you need it.
- Put the dough in the bowl and cover for 30 minutes. I covered with plastic and then a towel to keep the light out.
- Punch down the dough and pull off pieces the size of golf balls. Roll out into a flat oval shape.
- Heat up your oil to 385F.
- Drop in the pastry. Cook one side and then turn over. Only cook one at a time so you don't over crowd.
- When brown and cooked take out of the oil and drain on a papertowel.
- Mix up your cinnamon sugar and sprinkle on top of the cooked pastry.
- Be careful not to burn yourself and enjoy.