I have had this cute little fish sitting in my cookie cutter jar for ages (a little AliExpress pressie from hubby for my pet treat baking) and it was just begging for some fishilicious treats. The dough was a little tricky to pop out without cracking the tails, so I use the side of a knife which left a small mark that made me think fish bones...so i just my knife to trace a design on each fish, just for fun! The little bubble bites are made with my fondant/cookie plunger cutters, which is my go-to method for using the in-betweens of rolled dough after cutting shapes as well as rapidly making small treats for carrying on walks/runs.
1 small (95g) can of water packed salmon (or tuna if you prefer), undrained
2 tbsp flax
1 tsp kelp powder (optional)
Approximately 3/4 cup rice flour
Preheat over to 180C. Mix all ingredients together until very well combined (a food processor works very well), incrementally adding the flour until the dough has a nice workable play-dough like consistency. Flour quantity will depending on the salmon and your add-ins, so work incrementally. If it isn't firm enough, add a touch more flour. If your mixture is looking a bit dry, you can add a little bit of additional water/stock to adjust. Roll, cut, place on a prepared baking tray, and bake for approximately 10 minutes (and a little longer for the larger fish treats). Cooking time will vary with size and thickness, so keep an eye on the oven. Cool before storage and serving.
Tips and Tricks:
- Rice flour is a great option for making a smooth rolling dough.
- Dipping the cookie cutter lightly in flour before you cut will help with release, especially if cutting complex shapes.
- The treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made bigger/smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time - the smaller the cookie, the shorter the baking time.
- These treats can be frozen for longer storage or the dough can be frozen unbaked for future use.
P.S. Check out our collaboration with Creativity Unmasked on how to make a recycled t-shirt quilt (or bed bed cushion cover). It's perfect for a little virtual snuggle for pets who can't seem to get enough of their fur-parents, and a good way to get a little extra use out of those old shirts. Green in Real Life will be sharing uses for t-shirt scraps showing how we used the offcuts from this project, and we are helping out with a special off-cut DIY for you coming on Friday...here's a sneak peek: