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Friday, January 14, 2011

Snow's Favorite Chicken Flavored Dog Treats

What a whirlwind few days it has been! On Thursday we welcomed a new addition to the family. Snow is a 5-year-old Cockapoo that needed a home. She'd been a guest at the Animal Inn where Michael works part time and he'd fallen in love with her during her visits. When her family needed to find a new home for her we decided to adopt her.

She's an incredibly sweet and well-mannered girl and as we found out yesterday at the dog park, fearless. She thought nothing of trying to rough house with a pair of Rottweilers that dwarfed her tiny stature! She's very quiet too. I have yet to hear her bark and everyone she meets is a new friend.

To welcome her to her new home, I decided to make some homemade treats for her. I decided to try out a recipe I've had for some time for chicken flavored treats. These are made much like a very crisp bread and include yeast. They get their flavor from chicken stock (homemade is best). I also include a little garlic for added flavor and because I've found it is good as a natural flea repellent.

Snow loves these treats and now looks for one every time one of us goes into the kitchen! These are actually very easy to make and since you control the ingredients are far superior to many of the cheap biscuits found in the grocery store. So, if you can't afford the super expensive all organic things, give these a try. Besides, it's nice to bake with your best friend and companion sometimes.

Snow enjoys her Chicken Flavored Dog Treat.
1 cup chicken stock, warmed to 110°
2 tbs. milk
1 cup bread flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup corn meal
1 tsp. garlic
1 1/2 tsp. rapid rise yeast

In bowl of mixer fitted with dough hook, combine chicken stock and yeast and allow yeast to dissolve. Add milk, flours, cornmeal and garlic and blend on low speed. Continue to knead at medium speed until dough forms a ball and slaps the sides of the bowl.

Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead lightly 3-4 times. Roll out dough to about 1/2-inch thickness and cut out shapes using cookie cutters or slice into small squares using knife or pizza cutter. Place on greased baking sheets and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rise in warm place for about one hour.

Preheat oven to 325°. Remove plastic from baking sheets and bake for one hour (rotate baking sheets at 1/2 hour mark.) After one hour, turn off oven and allow to stay in oven 8 hours (or overnight) to crisp. Remove from baking sheets and store in airtight container.

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