The Greatest Thing I Ever Baked (yep, they’re dog treats)

Peanut butter dog treats. It’s all you need to know.

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I agreed to do a blog-pooch-paraphernalia-swap via the bodacious Oh Gosh Em. Our swapees are Doug and Lola (and their human Toni – go lose yourself in Lemon Freckles for a while, it’s a thing of beauty). Being an almighty people pleaser and something of a show off I thought I’d have a crack at some homemade dog treats to send to them.

{insert tense horror movie music here. You know, the bit where the heroine is investigating a strange noise and  the killer is hiding under the bed. Watching. Waiting.}

They only turned out to be the best damn thing I’ve ever cooked didn’t they? Human or canine. It’s a true, and somewhat depressing, story.

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Doug and Lola are peanut butter fans so I cobbled together a couple of recipes I found to create these beauties. It turns out Pete and Betty have a thing for the peanut butter too so I had to whip up an emergency second batch. So yep, spent my entire bank holiday weekend making dog treats. It was worth it, they listen to me now. I felt a little like He-Man, shrieking ‘I HAVE THE POWERRRRRR’ at full volume in the park. I guess He-Man didn’t shriek so much, he was somewhat more refined….I appear to be lost in a tangent.

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You’ll need:
1 cup natural peanut butter
2 1/2 cups flour. I used rice flour but wholewheat is also fine.
1 cup water
1 tsp baking powder
2 tablespoons honey
1 egg

1) Preheat the oven to 180C and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

2) Combine the egg, flour and baking powder in a large bowl.

3) Add the peanut butter, water and honey and mix to a dough. By hand is fine but it is sticky and squelchy. You have been warned. It’s also quite therapeutic.

4) Roll out on a floured surface to about 1cm thickness and go wild with the cookie cutters.

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5) Bake for around 15 to 20 minutes until they’re golden brown and delicious looking.

The dog treat police will have you under close observation. Don’t make eye contact and everything will be just fine.

P&B

And that’s it.

Feed to your pooch liberally. Or turn your back for a second and they’ll just crack on and help themselves.

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I have no control over the abundance of vile things my dogs try to eat from the garden but it’s my house, my rules and it just makes good sense to know what’s going into their little poochy bellies. They really do LOVE these too.

If you’re not into dog treats (why not, sicko?) I’ve got the most easy peasy chocolate cake recipe coming at you later this week and seaside spam galore.

Feel free to tell me below if you’ve made any mightier dog treats than these. I suspect not but you never know…

NB: This recipe made approximately a gazillion little biscuits. Half the quantities if you have only one dog, they’ll keep for a week in a sealed container in the cupboard.

A Weekend By The Sea
Treats for Pete (and Betty)
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