Thursday, March 24, 2011

Them Bones, Them Bones, Them Rye Bones - Cheddar Rye Bones

I have been on, what seemed to be, a futile search since the 17th of January.  For this is when a bouncing bundle of puppy fur joined my immediate family and I started baking puppy treats.  Thus began afore mentioned search for a dog bone cookie cutter.  After all, it stands to rights that at some point in the course of canine baking one is going to want to make actual dog bones.  Am I right?

The point is, that my quest has been rewarded, not only with 1 dog bone cutter, but with 3 different sizes  (Small, Medium and Large) because they came as a set.  Which is great, because puppy is still growing at an alarming rate and will be in need of large bones by the end of the year. As an added bonus for my boundless patience and fortitude, they are copper as well.  Woo Hoo!

So here is a great dog bone recipe.  I realize that Rye flour is not a gluten free food, but it's measly 2% Gluten (as opposed to AP Flour which is around 10%) is overshadowed by the fact that it is blessed with a high soluble fiber content and a significant amount of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids (Hey, they are just as good for Fido as they are for you)

Cheddar Rye Bones

4 oz Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
1/4 cup Olive oil
1 Large Egg
1 1/2 cup Dark Rye Flour, plus more for rolling
1/2 cup Oat Flour
2 TB - 1/4 cup Water

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine shredded Cheddar Cheese, Olive oil and Egg.

Beat on high speed until the mixture emulsifies. (about 5 minutes)

Add the Rye and Oat Flours.

Work the mixture until you have a sort of pea sized crumbs, just like making party dough.

Add 2 TB of water and work the dough with your hands until it comes together.

If the dough is too soft, add more water, 1 tsp at a time, until it forms a ball.

Turn out onto a Rye flour dusted surface.

Roll the dough to a 1/4 inch thickness and cut out your chosen shape.

Move the biscuits to a parchment lined baking sheet (Don't worry about crowding the pan, they will not spread of rise.)

Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Move to a wire rack as quickly as possible and allow to cool.

I realize that not everyone is interested in baking canine treats.  So in the interest of promoting healthy diets for canine chums, may I offer a suggestion?  Check out my friends' Ian and Jordan over at Retrieve Dog Bakery?  Rest assured, their mission statement says it all.... "If you wouldn’t eat it, why should your dog?"


Patti T. said...

Your sure has grown! I love the whole idea of homemade dog treats. I don't have any pets but I made homemade treats for doggies of friends and relatives for Christmas one year.

Patti T. said...

OOps I meant to say your dog sure has grown.