Saturday, 21 January 2012

Doggie Biscuits

As per my previous post here are the recipes for the Doggie Biscuits. As I said, they are not my recipes but taken from somewhere online and then baked by me. What is nice about baking for animals is that you can make mistakes and they will still love them, no matter that they might not look good or taste to perfection. I did make a mistake with the peanut butter ones. I used half a tablespoon of baking powder and only realized when I had already baked them that I used the wrong measuring spoon. I also used smooth peanut butter and not chunky as I only had smooth and it made no difference. Instead of using instant bouillon, I have no idea what it is other than a kind of meat stock and I have never seen the stuff, so I use two chicken stock cubes. I also don't have bone shaped cookie cutters and use normal biscuit cutters. I have never seen bone shaped cutters and to be honest haven't looked for them. Do my dogs know?? Nope; Do they care?? Nope, Do they love them?? What a question Do they love me?? I have no doubt.

The recipes don't have names, Chad and I gave them names when we first baked them. The peanut butter ones we called something like Piggy's Peanut Butter Bites and the Cheese ones, Spikes Chunky Cheesy Treats and then so that Jingles and Pluto don't feel left out we alternate the names and when Sheba was alive we called the cheese ones, Shebies Cheesy Chunks. The Peanut Butter ones are so easy to make and very basic. The cheese ones are more involved and take long.

Peanut Butter

  • Ingredients
2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1 Cup Chunky Natural Peanut Butter
1 cup Non Fat Milk
  • Method
Preheat Oven To 180 Degrees Celsius
Grease Cookie Sheets
In a large bowl, combine flour and baking powder
Use another bowl and combine Peanut Butter and milk
Add the milk and Peanut Butter mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well
On a floured surface, turn out the knead, roll out to 1/4" thick, cut out using cookie cutters.
Place on baking sheets and bake for about 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
Place on racks to cool then store in airtight containers.
Makes about 32 biscuits depending on size and shape

Peanut Butter Biscuits

Cheese biscuits
  • Ingredients
1 Cup Rolled Oats (such as Quaker or Jungle Oats)
1/3 Cup Margarine
1 Cup Boiling Water
3/4 Cup Corn Meal (Maize Meal)
1 Tablespoon Sugar
2 Teaspoons chicken or beef flavoured bouillon*
1/2 Cup milk
1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 egg beaten
2-3 cups whole wheat flour
  • Method
Preheat Oven To 180 Degrees Celsius
Grease Cookie Sheets
In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, margarine and boiling water. (* I add the 2 Knorr Chicken Stock Cubes to the boiling water and stir till dissolved)
Let the mixture stand for ten minutes
Sir in cornmeal, sugar; bouillon (if you are using bullion and not chicken stock cubes); milk; cheese and egg; mix well.
Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup, level off.
Add flour one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition to form a stiff dough. 
On a floured surface,  knead in third cup of flour until dough is smooth and no longer sticky, 3-4 minutes
Roll or pat out dough to 1/2 inch thickness, cut with bone shaped cookie cutter.
Place 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheets
Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 35 minutes or until golden brown
Cool Completely. Store loosely covered
Makes about 40 biscuits, depending on size and shape.
Cheese Biscuits

 And the grateful recipients wait patiently

Pluto being the only one who would rather go lie in the cool air conditioned lounge instead of the hot kitchen until they are baked and cool. He is the least photographed of all our dogs, although he is my very special baby. Probably because he is always next to me or sitting on me and like me always behind the camera, never ever in view of it. I broke a plate whilst baking, the vibration of the heavy dough mixing caused a plate to bounce off the counter and break. If baking was uneventful and everything went smoothly when I baked it would be boring :D. The part of baking I hate is cleaning up and doing the dishes. I couldn't understand why I had to change the dish water and put fresh water in about ten times and then rewash the dishes, because they looked and felt greasy, until I realized that Mark had bought some Savemor dish liquid or something like that in December, this big 2L bottle and Sheila has refilled the Sunlight Dish Liquid Bottle with the cheap junk. I should have noticed by how thin and watery it was. There is only one dish liquid and that is Sunlight, but to get that in Mark's head is mission impossible. Fortunately, he only buys the wrong one now and again and he gets a bargain at double the price and half the value. You can pour half the bottle in and it still won't soap up or get rid of the grease and not everything can go in the dishwasher. The bottle was 3/4 way full when I started baking and that is the saving from Savemor. Mark you save using Sunlight not Saveless!!!

I then made my other baby some crunchies as well, but he had left to go bowling with his friend John before I had even started making them. He left at about four and they were going to play pool and ten pin bowling. I phoned him earlier to check that everything was OK and they were having supper at Mimmos and now he is sleeping over at John's house. He can have his crunchies tomorrow and for school next week.

Mark went to Warm Baths to fix someone's car, his cousin or second cousin. They work and live on a farm just outside of Warm Baths and he brought back two trays of eggs for us. They farm eggs, if that is what you call it. They are free range eggs, called Boschveld Eggs and they apparently supply places like Pick 'n Pay and some Spars, I haven't seen them Pick 'n Pay or Spar, but they are really nice eggs. We used to sell them in our shop and before trying them I thought eggs all tasted the same,  but they don't and I battle to find eggs that taste good. Most are tasteless. Now that we can't get them, because we sold the shop and the new owners don't sell them, I try different ones all the time and they just don't  match Boschveld and believe you me I am not being biased at all and just saying so, because Mark knows them. In fact it should be the total opposite, because Mark's family and I do not get on at all. We are arch enemies. The people on the farm are OK, but my opinion of the eggs are based solely on the eggs and not the people who farm them. So now we have lots of eggs, pity they don't keep for long.

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