Another wee dip into my holiday photos – today I want to share a couple of Canadian snacks that I’d certainly never heard of. I mean, I’m a food blogger, but I can’t go around knowing everything. My brains would leak out of my ears. Maybe. Also if I did I wouldn’t have anything left to discover, and that would surely be a tragedy.
First up, something that seemed to divide opinions a little – Beavertails. Beavertails is a company specialising only in fried pastry items, stretched and shaped to look a bit like… well… beavers’ tails. I’m pretty sure I didn’t have to finish that sentence. Think of a doughnut, but instead of being shaped into a ring and left to rise before frying, Beavertails are stretched flat and fried, then coated in various sugary concoctions – chocolate is also a strongly encouraged option. The advertising for Beavertails is all based around kids with chocolate all over their faces and hands, grinning from ear to ear. Not a parent’s ideal scenario, but look how happy they are!
We sampled Beavertails the day we visited Toronto Zoo – pastry for breakfast is OK, right? Right. Especially if it’s deep fried and covered in Nutella. Or maple butter.
I can’t lie – I thoroughly enjoyed mine. The dough is crispy and sweet, with chewy bits where it’s thicker, and the chocolate hazelnut topping was divine. Apparently the pastry is wholewheat. That should count for something.
The other new cake I got to try was a Nanaimo bar – these are in the same vein as tiffin, refrigerator cake and caramel shortcake, but different from any of those.
The bottom is a biscuit base, which I’m positive had coconut in it, then there is a layer of sweet fondant, topped off with a layer of plain chocolate. I’m given to understand that you can get different flavours of fondant, and different types of chocolate – I’m interested in constructing my own pretty soon, and you can bet I’ll be taking the opportunity to play around with the flavours. The ones we had were very sweet in the middle – I had mine over two goes, which is unusual for me – and had no colour or flavour other than sugar, sugar, sugar. Apparently some common variations are mint and mocha, both of which work for me, but I think I can come up with some other varieties, hopefully without bringing down Canadian wrath upon myself.