Doesn’t the special pooch in your life deserve a tasty gift, handmade with love, this Valentine’s Day? I don’t actually have a dog myself, but I wasn’t going to let a small detail like that stop me from making a batch of dog biscuits. I do of course know people who have dogs. Plus I’m happy to report my cats appear to like these biscuits too.
WHAT YOU NEED:
– 2 ½ cups whole wheat/wholemeal flour
– 1 egg
– ½ cup shredded cheese (I used cheddar)
– ½ cup hot chicken/meat broth (make a simple broth by simmering chicken or any meat bones for at least two hours, and then straining well. You can freeze the spare broth). You could of course use a bouillon/stock cube or granules to make your broth instead, but really the main point of making homemade dog biscuits is to control what goes in them, if you buy cubes then you’re likely to get a lot of other stuff in them that your dog really doesn’t need.
WHAT YOU DO:
1. Combine all the ingredients until they form a dough, add a little more broth if it’s too crumbly. Knead it for a couple of minutes on a lightly floured surface.
2. Roll it out until it’s about 1/2 inch thick. Cut out the biscuits using a small heart-shaped cutter, gather and re-roll as necessary. Place them on lightly greased baking sheets.
3. Bake in a preheated oven 160C/320F for about 30 minutes until they are crisp.
4. Cool on a rack and then store in an airtight container.
I adapted this recipe from a dog biscuit recipe on Cesarsway. The original recipe used bouillon granules, I’ve explained why I didn’t want to do that. That recipe also added a teaspoon of salt. I really can’t see any reason at all to add salt. Surely dogs get all the salt they need from what naturally occurs in food? I’m certainly no dog expert, so happy to be told otherwise if there’s a good reason to add salt.
Well, Happy Valentine’s Day to pets everywhere!