Snow Day Treats …

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.

The gang hits the back field for a romp in the snow.  Note that Yippee travels with his food bowl You never know when food might show up!
It was coming down pretty good, as Snickers can attest.

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.

I halved and then quartered a smallish sweet potato. Then boiled it till it was soft. I use the whole thing because I hate leftover stuff.
Here are the sections after they are peeled out of the skin.
Mash ’em up and add water or broth.
And once you add everything else and kneed it all together – it looks like this.
I used a pasta maker for the first time and so my product looked a little tattered. I don’t really care because I can break it up to the sizes I want.
Here is the finished product. This is a very hard treat. My dogs actually have to chew it, as opposed to gulping them down whole.
So did you bring them there treats along for this trip?”

2 comments

  1. I make my Border Collie/Australian Shepherd his dog treats and now he won’t eat store bought treats any longer. I am excited to try your recipe also. Thank you for sharing, I am sure he will appreciate too!

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    • There is just something about knowing exactly what you are feeding your companion, isn’t there? I don’t give a lot of treats because all 9 of them have to get in on the action and it is pretty crazy. But they stand at attention for these. I hope your boy enjoys them as much as mine do!

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