I love bread, especially yeast bread. At our Bed and Breakfast, we serve a lot of homemade breads, crafted from Montana wheat. But, I don’t just serve people at the B&B, we have two resident Basset Hounds that also look to us for breakfast and treats! I understand some people aren’t really a fan of yeast dough, if you are one of those people, please read no further! For the rest of you, I’ll share my favorite dog treat recipes, which include yeast. A quick google search will yield more dog treat recipes than you can shake a stick at, but these two are my favorite. They have worked perfectly for me every time!
The first is an original recipe, made after experimenting with several other recipes. It is my #1 Fave! I love the smell of the yeast dough and it drives the dogs crazy! Like most recipes, it can be adapted in many ways to give different flavors, scents, and nutrition. I have Basset Hounds, so they don’t care what it is made of. If they can smell it, they will eat it! This is a bread machine recipe.
Bitterroot River B&B Dog Treat Recipe
- ¾ cup liquid (beef, chicken, veggie stock)
- 1 egg
- 3 Tbsp oil
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2/3 cup of oats (or other grains: natural bran, bulgur wheat, etc)
- ½ tsp garlic powder or 1 clove crushed garlic (Dogs also enjoy fresh mint from the garden, makes ’em smell better, too!)
- 1 ½ tsp yeast
- Place ingredients in bread machine as your manual recommends (usually wet ingredients first, dry second, yeast last in a dimple in the middle of the pan). Run dough cycle.
- When cycle is complete, the dough should be about double in size, and have a smooth top. Turn dough onto lightly floured kneading surface and roll to ¼” thickness.
- Use cookie cutter or knife to cut into desired shapes.
- Place on a greased cookie sheet that has been sprinkled with cornmeal.
- When all dough has been shaped, allow to rise about 30 min in a warm, draft free place (I use a barely warm oven that has been turned off.)
- Bake at 325 degrees F for 30 minutes. Remove and cool on cooling rack.
- If your pup likes really crunchy treats, turn the oven off and let sit overnight to further harden.
- Store in airtight container.
I like this recipe because I can use meat drippings, a little leftover gravy, a handful of cheese, or a scoop of peanut butter, whatever I have on hand, to change the flavor. These treats make great inexpensive gifts for dog lover neighbors and friends! When using a bread machine, it is important to monitor the dough the first few minutes of kneading to be sure the wet/ dry ingredient ratio is correct. Altitude and humidity can greatly influence your dough. The dough ball should be firm, but smooth and round. All of the dry ingredients should incorporate fully while kneading. If you find the dough is crumbly, or not mixing well, add water or broth, a spoonful at a time, until the dough ball appears round and smooth. If it is sticky, and not creating a ball, add flour (or powdered milk) a spoonful at a time, until a neat ball begins to form.
The second recipe is quick and easy. It can be kneaded by hand or by a mixer equipped with a dough hook (I use a Kitchen Aid.) There is no rise required for the dough. I found the recipe, “Everyday Biscuits” recipe many years ago, on Bullwrinkle.com.
Bullwrinkle.com Homemade Dog Treat Recipe “Everyday Biscuits”
- 2 teaspoons dry yeast
- 1/2 cup lukewarm water
- 2 tablespoons dry parsley
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 egg
- 5-6 cups whole wheat flour
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 ° F (180 ° C).
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in the parsley, garlic, broth, honey, and egg. Gradually blend in flour, adding enough to form a stiff dough.
Transfer to a floured surface and knead until smooth (about 3-5 minutes). Shape the dough into a ball, and roll to 1/4-inch (6 mm) thick. Using small bone-shaped cookie cutters, make biscuits! Transfer to ungreased baking sheets, spacing them about 1/4 inch (6 mm) apart. Gather up the scraps, roll out again, and cut additional biscuits.
Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and turn over. Bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until lightly browned on both sides. Let cool overnight. (After we finish baking all batches of biscuits, we turn off the oven, then spread all the biscuits out on one baking sheet and set them in the oven to cool overnight. The extra time in the oven as it cools off helps make the treats crispier and crunchier.) Makes several dozen small bones that keep and freeze well.
I hope you enjoy these recipes! Feel free to send me a picture of your furry friends at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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