By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 7:25 am in dog food.
GARY’S DOG MUNCHIES
Today is as good a day as any to reprint my homemade dog biscuit recipe.
My dog munchies make safe Thanksgiving treats for pets, great Christmas stocking stuffers for family dogs and cats, or just plain good treats you can give to your pets any time you want.
They’ve even been served on more than a few occasions (accidentally?) to humans watching Sunday afternoon football on TV. There have been no harmful effects noted, other than a tendency to whine and growl when the Raiders make stupid plays.
To help get you into a fun baking mood, here is my own personal recipe for Gary’s Favorite Dog Munchies, still fresh and delicious after the nearly three decades I’ve been publishing it.
GARY’S DOG MUNCHIES:
TAKE: about 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour; 2 cups whole-wheat flour; 2 cups cracked wheat; 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk; 4 teaspoons salt; 1 package dry yeast; 1 pint chicken stock or other liquid (if you’re planning these for Thanksgiving, use turkey stock, of course); 1 tablespoon milk to brush; egg.
Warm the chicken stock in a pan. In the meantime, dissolve the yeast in a quarter-cup of warm water, which, together with the chicken (or turkey) stock, you pour into the dry ingredients. Knead this for about three minutes.
Roll the dough into a quarter-inch sheet, then cut with cookie cutters or a knife into circles, trees, tasty cats, dog bones, mailpersons or fire hydrants. (No sharply pointed designs.) Brush a wash of egg and milk onto the pieces as you put them on a baking sheet.
There’s no need to let them rise beforehand. Place in a 300-degree oven for 45 minutes, then turn off the heat and leave them sitting in the oven for several hours or overnight. They’ll be bone-hard and absolutely guaranteed to clean your dog’s teeth when properly applied.
This treat can be tailored nutritionally any way you or your pet like. A bit of honey or molasses will sweeten them slightly. If your dog is on a salt-free diet, leave that stuff out.
To get really fancy, include a half-dozen eggs for a rich, golden batch. If your pet is on a diet, I’m sure your veterinarian can suggest other ingredients.
SUPER DOG BISCUITS:
About 30 years ago, Dorothy Horton of Walnut Creek sent me her “Super Dog Biscuits” recipe:
TAKE: 2 cups flour; 1/2 cup wheat germ, raw; 2 cups whole-wheat flour; 1 cup cracked brown rice (whiz in blender); 1 cup oatmeal; 1 cup cornmeal; 3/4 to 1 cup dry milk; 2 teaspoons salt; 1 package dry yeast; 2 cups chicken stock or other liquid; egg; 2 cloves garlic, minced.
Mix and bake as in my Gary’s Dog Munchies recipe above.
These are treats and not to be used as a complete diet. Have fun! /Gary