Treats for our Four-legged Friends

Inspired by Yvette van Boeven's Home Made - a Kitchn Holiday pick, I've been thinking about treats for our doggie friends. I've been wanting to bake some treats for our canine buddies in the building Tucker, Herbie, Doc and possibly Gia depending on her diet. I've come to learn that some foods are harmful in even tiny quantities while others are okay in small amounts. Then of course, doing research you see recipes that clearly violate what another forbids and dire warnings of gastrointestinal distress or worse that might be caused if the wrong ingredients are chosen.

My love for dogs overcomes the worries. And, just as with humans, a small treat once in awhile is far less harmful than something that makes up more than 15% of your diet. (Can you imagine potato chips as 15% of your diet?) So understanding that onions, garlic, grapes and chocolate are verboten...here's my first ever recipe for doggie treats. I will report back news from testers.

Folks in the area may see me from time to time, flying on the end of a red leash on the other end of which is one Tucker a black lab mix of some sort (and certainly there's some tracking/scent dog in there!)

 

Recipe: LDG Doggie Treats

Ingredients:

 

  • 1/2 tsp of grated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp of beef demi-glace dissolved in 2/3 C boiling water
  • 1 TBSP duck fat, plus fat from bacon
  • 1  1/2 TBSP chopped bacon, parcooked to render fat
  • 2 C flour
  • 1/2 C cooked barley
  • smidge of olive oil to make dough pliable enough to roll out

 

Mixed all together, kneaded just a bit to make a dough ball we can roll out.

Cut into shape and sizes appropriate to canine friends' mouths, then baked in 400 degree oven for 25 minutes.

I'll report back shortly! Fingers crossed.