Bake your own Dog Treats: Cheese and Pumpkin Seed Biscuits

Cheese and pumpkin seed dog biscuits

Ok, I admit it, I did it again. I baked for my dog. Last time I baked dog treats I was convinced it would happen very infrequently. But this time I couldn’t resist making miniature cheese and pumpkin seed biscuits, which look like tiny almond biscuits, but are dog friendly. They went down very well with BlindDog and taste pretty good to humans too! Here’s how to make them yourself:

Ingredients

For 60 small biscuits

40g of cheddar or other cheese, finely grated

30g pumpkin seeds, chopped (plus extra to decorate)

100g spelt flour (or plain flour)

1tbs olive oil

1 egg, beaten

Egg wash (for the glaze)

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180 C
  • Place the flour in a mixing bowl, add the pumpkin seeds and cheese and mix
  • Stir in the beaten egg and olive oil so the mixture begins to combine into a dough
  • Add a little water and mix until a smooth dough is formed
  • Lightly oil two baking trays
  • Roll out the dough onto a floured surface to the thickness of a pound coin (i.e. 0.3cm or 1/8 inch)
  • Use a small cutter to cut out the biscuits (I used a bottle top) and place them on the baking tray
  • To decorate, brush the biscuits with egg wash and place a pumpkin seed in the centre of each biscuit. You could also try grating more cheese over the top
  • Bake at 180 C for 20 minutes

Do you bake for your dog? Let us know what recipes your dog enjoys in the comments.

Bake your own Dog Treats: Salmon and Parsley Bites

As mentioned previously I have just dipped my toe into the strange world that is cooking for your dog. It probably won’t be a regular thing, but I thought I should share the recipe here, along with our verdict, in case any body else wants to try their hand at baking dog treats.

I have adapted the recipe from Henrietta Morrison’s book Dinner for Dogs.  I chose salmon because it contains high levels of omega-3 which promotes a healthy skin and coat as well as brain function.  I added parsley because it contains vitamin C, is supposed to help with bad breath and makes the end result look more interesting.  The original recipe called for plain flour, but many dogs are wheat intolerant and it can make others itchy, I have gone with spelt flour because if you’re going to the trouble of cooking for your dog, you might as well make it hypoallergenic.

Ingredients

200g tin of salmon or tuna in oil

(1 tbs olive oil. If, like me, you could only get salmon in water)

Handful of parsley, finely chopped

1 egg, beaten

100g spelt flour (or plain flour)

Method

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 C.

2. Tip the salmon with it’s oil (or drained salmon with olive oil) into a bowl and use a fork to break into small flakes. If you find any pieces of bone either remove them or crush them into small pieces with the fork.

3. Add  the parsley and the beaten egg and mix well.

4. Add the spelt flour and mix until it comes together in a dough.  If you are using spelt flour rather than plain flour you may find the dough is quite wet and you need to add a little more flour until it is easy to work with.

5. Knead the dough and roll it out on the work surface until it is around half a centimetre thick.  Use a small cutter to cut out shapes, or cut into small squares with a knife. Place the treats on a lightly oiled baking tray and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

6. Leave to cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Our Verdict

The treats were fun and easy to make and BlindDog was in the kitchen looking hopeful the whole time I was cooking.  The treats looked pretty good when they were finished and given Henrietta Morrison’s mantra of never feeding her dog something she wouldn’t eat, I felt obliged to try one. It was actually quite good, especially with the addition of the parsley, although the idea of a fish flavoured biscuit was a bit strange.

BlindDog chomped on the treats with relish so it was definitely a thumbs up from her.  The recipe does make a lot of treats, easily more that BlindDog should eat in two weeks, so I have put half of them in the freezer.

If anyone else has tried cooking for their dog, we’d be keen to know how you got on!