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.
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)
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.
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!