Home made dog treats … what better way to celebrate a snow day. OK, that is lame, even for me, but it was a fun day of snow and baking on Saturday.
My Mom sent me a recipe ages ago and I gave it a whirl the other week. I made some amendments and tried it again — and here is the recipe I came up with (with original ideas in parenthesis). The gang is in total agreement that these are yummy.
Sweet Potato Apple Treats
1 smallish cooked plain mashed sweet potato (original recipe called for 1/4 C – but I use the whole “tater)
3 Tablespoons water (you can use chicken or beef broth)
1 cup whole wheat flour (original recipe used 2 C wheat flour and no oat flour, I like using the oat flour and I think it is healthier)
1 cup oat flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 cup fine yellow cornmeal
1/4 dried parsley (original recipe used finely chopped mint … but I don’t have any mint in the garden and I have parsley in the freezer)
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and grated (I peel the apple and grate it directly in to the mix, rather then cutting it up, I just grate around the core so I am not dealing with small pieces)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together sweet potatoes and water (or broth). Add flours, cornmeal, parsley and apples. Stir to combine. This is a very stiff dough, so get in there with your hands and knead it to thoroughly mix. You can finish this by: 1. Flour a surface and taking half of the dough, roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with a cookie cutter, then repeat with other half of dough, or 2. Roll the dough in small batches through the roller of a pasta maker set to the largest thickness it has (no larger then 1/4 inch).
Bake until dry and slightly golden. This will take 35 – 40 minutes if you used option one and hand roll the dough, and less time if you got the dough thinner using the pasta maker – 30 minutes or a little less.
Turn the oven off and leave the door ajar (or not). Let treats cool and dry. I leave them there till the oven is completely cool. Store in an airtight container for a week or so. I put mine in the fridge in a Ziploc bag and they keep a little longer.