Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The (soon to be) famous Northwest Beaver Tail (Elephant Ear)

First off, why is a recipe posted on a teenager boy's blog? Well, I suppose I am rather bored since I am trapped inside because of the rain, and secondly, you will see that "recipe" doesn't really apply here. Oh, don't worry, I will show you how to make the golden piece of awesomeness pictured below, but it is really quite simple. I actually found out how to make this while experimenting with cooking stuff on our stove top, and for once my experiment didn't come out black!

Kyle's Northwest Beaver Tail


A large tortilla
Some sugar
Some cinnamon
(Lots of ingredients, huh?)


    Take your large tortilla and slather one side with butter. Put a large pan on your stovetop and plop your tortilla in the large pan, putting the butter-covered side down. I have found through trial and err that it is best to turn your stovetop on to cook your food, so make sure to do that. After you have successfully turned the stove top on, using a spoon, spread some butter on the exposed side of the tortilla as well. Your tortilla is ready to be cooked now. If you are a male, endure the mocking laughs of your sisters or wife at you cooking a tortilla in this way; it will all be worth it in the end, trust me.
    To give yourself something to do while the pan is warming up, now would be a good time to make the topping for your tortilla. Using a measuring cup or anything handy, including your hands, grab some sugar and cinnamon and pour it into a small container. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together. Be careful to not use too much cinnamon, for it really tastes nasty if you use too much. You only need a pinch full of cinnamon in your sugar, and you only need enough sugar to thinly cover your tortilla.
    Now back to your tortilla. If you have turned your stove top on, it should be cooking. You will be able to tell if it is being cooked by the bubbles of air forming in your tortilla and the butter sizzling under it. Using a combination of a fork and your fingers, or anything else you find handy, flip your tortilla over. After a few more minutes, flip it again. This is very important. If you don't keep flipping your tortilla, one side will get burned and your wife or sisters' mocking laughs will be justified.
    After a little while, you will notice your tortilla start to get brown and harden. At this point it is ready to be removed from the pan. Drop your (hopefully) golden brown tortilla onto a large plate. If the tortilla has lost most of the butter that used to adorn its sides, lather some more on. Now you are ready for the topping! Pour your cinnamon and sugar mix onto your tortilla like you are creating a blizzard.
  Once all this is done, your Northwest Beaver Tail is ready to be devoured! You may share if you are so inclined, or you can eat your delicious Beaver Tail like the little red hen would, laughing at your wife or sisters who dared to doubt you. Enjoy!
So as you can see, the making of this snack is really quite simple, but it sure tastes good! I shared some with Victoria, and she thought that it tasted just like the Elephant Ears you could get at the fair. So why do I call it Beaver Tail? Well, after hearing Victoria's compliment, I romanticized about selling these at the Spring Youth Fair. I could sell them for about half as much as a regular Elephant Ear. After all, they are made out of only a ten cent tortilla, a handful of sugar, and a pinch of cinnamon! Sounds like a smart business venture, huh? Anyway, my dad actually came up with the beaver tail name, for Elephant Ears are probably patented. :0)


  1. Great post Kyle. :-) You had me laughing once again! It sure was good!

    This may be the first thing you cooked on the stove that didn't turn out blackened! No offense... hehe.

    Your loving little sister,
    Victoria :-)

  2. You are so funny! That new recipe sure sounds good!