Monday, January 22, 2007




HOLLY'S FAVOURITE

Lots of good things go into these dog biscuits, and you can add all kinds of extra ingredients. Home-made chicken stock is a good idea (if available), and I've seen recipes recommending the addition of peanut butter, bananas or cheese. These biscuits are a lot cheaper than those in ready-made packets, which always seem to have ash or scarily vague 'meat derivatives' in them. Okay, I'm a bit precious, but Holly adores these. And they have a lovely, fresh-baked smell, which even a vegetarian can appreciate! No wonder she'll sit patiently in the kitchen, watching as I make, roll and cut them out. She'll follow me out to the kitchen to check on their progress in the oven, and then she'll wait longingly for them to cool so she can have one. Just to test it, you understand.

HOLLY'S DOG BISCUITS

3 cups bread flour (white or a combination of brown and white)
1tsp dried yeast
1tsp caster sugar
0.5tsp salt
2tbsp skimmed milk powder
2tbsp olive oil or bacon fat
1 egg, beaten
1 cup (200ml) chicken stock

Dissolve yeast and sugar in the warm stock (which has come to hand temperature), and let it rest until bubbles are starting to form. Stir in the olive oil and the beaten egg. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, and add the wet ingredients. Knead well for 10 minutes, then leave to rest for about an hour or until doubled in size. Knock the dough back, roll out to about 0.5cm thick, and cut into biscuit shapes. (Holly's are heart-shaped.)

Bake in the oven at 160 degrees C for about 20 minutes - they should be golden and crisp. Allow to cool before tasting! (This part is very important, Holly!)

These keep for a month in an airtight container.

4 comments:

Shirl said...

I don't have any need for dog biscuits but I did want to let you know that Pete and I are still thrilled with the weekly contents of our veggie boxes. They have undoubtedly improved our meal choices, we are cooking every day properly even though not always up to it, and getting our 5 a Day.

We are slightly limited in the range of recipes we can use from your Diaries, Anna. Pete does not eat cheese or pasta, is not overkeen on rice... However, we have a divided baking dish in which we can place vagetable bakes etc. Mine can have a cheese topping, Pete gets chopped bacon. It works!

Anna said...

Ooh, a challenge! What do you like... curry, soup, stews, pie, Chinese food? If you need ideas I can have a rummage through my 60+ cookery books for you! I expect that, like us, you're eating lots of mash and plain vegetables at the moment. Can't complain, not when there's plenty of gravy... mm. I will be making carrot + cardamom soup on Wednesday so I will post the recipe for that. And one of Steve's specialities is a beef or quorn Stroganoff - yummy with mashed potato. Will post both these soon. And will try to accomodate your non-cheese household. :-)

Shirl said...

You got it...curry, soup, stews, pie, Chinese food...that's us. Thanks Anna - tomorrow (Thursday) is new box day so we'll be having, tonight, bake-all-the-old-veggies-in-the-oven - mine with grated cheese on top or maybe some seeds, his with breadcrumbs & bacon. We'll be having His and Hers pottery dishes made for us next...I'll keep an eye out for your recipes...noted the Green Bus site, and yes, lots of mash and veg and yummy onion gravies! The beef Strogonoff sounds lovely - please do!

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