Crunchy Dog Biscuits

on Nov 02 in In The Kitchen by Sumi

We had a very, very important guest for a week.

Her name is Nabi (it means “butterfly” in Korean). She is the ‘baby’ of my parents. When my parents were going out of town for a week, I was chosen to babysit her. It was a daunting job. You see…she is not like a normal dog. In fact, my parents will protest that Nabi really is not a dog, she is a person with fur who can not speak, therefore one has to cater to every unseemable whim that Nabi might be having inside her mind, which we can not see, but we are supposed to know somehow.

For example, without any exaggeration, my parents insist on changing Nabi’s water bowl every 30 minutes or so. When Nabi goes to drink, she literally will know that the water in her bowl is 30 minutes old and refuse to drink it. She also is a finicky eater and will only eat freshly roasted chicken breast with freshly made sticky rice mixed with some brown rice. But Nabi doesn’t just eat the roasted checken breast with sticky rice when you set it in front of her, oh no… you have to hand feed it to her, bit by bit, until the last morsel is gone.

Anyways, I promised my parents that I would do exactly what they asked in taking care of Nabi, no matter how neurotic I thought this was.

Since Nabi was a guest, I decided to make her something special. I had this recipe from 17 and Baking for a while and wanted to bake it for Nilla. I looked at the recipe which Elissa from 17 and Baking got from Desserts By The Yard, and thought all the ingredients were good and healthy for any dog.

It turned out that Nabi absolutely loved the dog biscuits and was actually becoming a real dog. She would take the dog biscuit to the darkest corner of the house and hide the biscuit from every body as if it was going to be stolen away. She would finish the biscuit in confinement and immediately come to beg for more.

7 Ingredients

Seven ingredients is all you’ll need. Simple, simple, simple, I say.

First, crack the eggs in a medium bowl and whisk.

Add the vegetable oil,

honey,

peanut butter,

and whisk them in.

Now, add the chicken broth or chicken stock and whisk again. Set aside.

In another bowl, add the unbleached whole wheat flour and

corn grits.

Mix in the wet ingredients into the dry ingredient.

Mixa, mixa, mixa.

Form the dough into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Preheat to 350 degrees F. Take the chilled dough out and roll it out to 1/4″ – 1/2″ thick.

Cut the dough out with any kind of small shape you like. Elissa used the bone shape, but I didn’t have a bone shape cutter. I used the smallest biscuit cutter.

I indented the middle of the biscuit in two rows and stuck a wooden stick to make it look like a button.

Bake them in the oven for 12 minutes. Flip all of the biscuits over for even browning and rotate the pan. Bake for another 12 minutes or until brown and thoroughly crispy.

They looked more like Ritz Crackers than buttons.

Nabi investigating her treat.

Nabi devouring her treat.

That’s right. Nabi is a D-O-G after all. I even forgot to renew her water from her water bowl and guess what? She drank the water anyways. Please don’t tell my mother.

Love,

Sumi

Crunchy Dog Biscuits

Recipe from 17 and Baking

Ingredients:

2 large eggs
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 1/2 tbsp peanut butter
3/4 cup chicken stock
3 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup corn grits

Directions:

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, honey, vegetable oil, peanut butter, and chicken stock. Whisk in half of the flour. Using “The Wooden Spatula” mix in the remaining flour and the corn grits. Knead until a dense, stiff dough forms. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.

Put a rack in the lowest part of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Roll out the dough to 1/4″ – 1/2″ thick and cut into any small shape you choose. Place on parchment lined sheets and bake, one sheet at a time, on the lowest rack in the oven. Bake 12 minutes. Flip all of the biscuits over for even browning and rotate the pan. Bake for another 12 minutes or until brown and thoroughly crispy.

Yum Yum for doggies.


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