Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Making doggy biscuits with Sally

I love to spoil my dog and really, apart from cuddles and a warm bed, the best way to do it responsibly is with food that she loves and that is super good for her. Today, we had a baking session and I produced (under her strict supervision) some dog biscuits. I thought that the recipe may interest you too so here it is....

They actually taste quite nice and they can be used for training treats too.

Gather these supplies: 
1 can tuna in oil
2 eggs
3 teaspoons mixed herbs
150g plain flour
150g self raising flour*
150g rolled oats
2/3 cup cooked spinach
2/3 cup grated carrot
1/2 cup grated cheese

* this is optional. Using all plain flour will give a denser biscuit. If you want self raising flour but cannot buy it in your area, simply add 1 teaspoon baking powder to ordinary flour. otherwise, simply double the plain flour.

Preheat the oven to moderate and lay a piece of baking paper onto an oven tray.

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mash together with your hands until very well mixed. You may need to add a little more flour and this is fine. you are after a non sticky dough which can be rolled into sticks.

Pinch off about a golf ball sized portion of dough and roll it into a long thin stick. Sally is a Cocker Spaniel so she doesn't want huge biscuits. If you have a larger dog but want small treats for training, make them smaller too. The yield of this recipe depends on how big they are rolled.

Lay them onto the prepared baking tray and then lightly score them with a knife or something similar. This is more of a dent really and it makes breaking up a little more predictable later.

Cook in the oven for about 35-40 minutes. Less if you want them softer (for an older dog) and longer if you want them really crisp. They will crisp as they cool so don't go overboard.

Next make sure that you have some one to watch the oven very carefully....

Turn them halfway through the cooking so that they cook and brown evenly and then get your helper back again....

When you both agree that they are ready, bring them out of the oven and leave them to cool before breaking into bite sized pieces.

This bit is fun actually and strangely satisfying, like popping bubble wrap.

Everyone deserves gourmet food!

Well there we go! I hope that your dog enjoys them as much as Sally does. As we speak, I am working on some doggy cupcakes with healthy things in so watch this space!

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