Thursday, August 19, 2010

Brucie's Biscuits

In an effort to score auntie points with my favorite four legged pal, this entry is dedicated to the blatant bribery of Bruce Beauchamp.  

Crunchy Dog Biscuits
·         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 multi-grain cereal mix (mine has oats and barley and all kind of good whole grains)

Please note, while I'm a huge fan of substituting ingredients, in this particular instance please use caution - avoid unnecessary salt and sugar, no chocolate (doggie poison) and stick to natural ingredients (for example the oatmeal that comes in little packets in a box is not a good idea - steal cut natural Irish oatmeal with no additives, great idea)  Get it?

Whisk together eggs, honey, vegetable oil, peanut butter, and chicken stock till blended and the peanut butter and honey have emulsified

Whisk in a cup of the flour first, till well blended, then add another cup - the dough will start to get sticky.  Switch to a spoon or spatula (trust me, soooo much easier to handle and clean). 

Using a spatula/spoon, mix in the remaining flour and the cereal - at one point or another I usually give up and turn the mess out onto a board sprinkled with a little whole wheat flour to finish incorporating the ingredients.  
Knead until a dense,stiff dough forms. 

Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour (ish).

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 bone shapes or disc shapes. Use a fork to prick holes in the
middle of each biscuit or use a chopstick to poke 'monograms' into the discs. 

Place on parchment lined sheets and bake, one sheet at a time, on the
lowest rack in the oven. 
Bake 15 minutes then flip them over and bake for another 10
The biscuits will get even crisper as they cool

Feed them to your fav. four legged buddies!
This batch is for my pal Bruce;

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