Monday, 24 October 2016

{RECIPE} Autumn Apple Puppy Pies | Dog Treats

These quick and fruity dog treats smell great! Our fruit-fan dogs thought they were pretty tasty, too. For those of you enjoying the cool days of autumn and freshly harvested apples, you can swap pureed fresh apple for sauce and adjust your liquid/flour quantities if needed to get a nice workable dough. Our apple trees are in blossom at the moment, but there is never a wrong time of year for pie, is there? :)

Autumn Apple Puppy Pies 

1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 egg
1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
1 tbsp cinnamon (optional)
Approximately 1 + 1/4 cups rice flour 

Preheat oven to 180C. Combine apple sauce, egg, molasses, and cinnamon in a bowl. Incrementally add flour until the dough has a nice firm pliable consistency. Flour quantity will vary with your wet ingredients and optional 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 water, olive oil, or additional apple sauce to adjust.  On a lightly floured surface, roll your dough and cut into shapes*. Place on a prepared cookie tray and lightly brush the surface with a pastry brush or damp clean cloth to remove excess flour. Bake for approximately 15 minutes. Cool before serving and storage.  These are soft-style cookie treats, but you can let them sit a while in the cooling oven before removing to get a little crispier or these are great popped into a dehydrator and dried into a cracker-like crunchy biscuit.

* These treats can be baked in shapes or simply rolled into small balls and flattened.  To create mini apple pie shapes as pictured, cut with a small round biscuit cutter, place onto your prepared baking tray, and then roll lightly with a ravioli/pasta/pastry cutting wheel to create indentations. This leaves a fluted pattern, but you can use a standard knife to make a straight pattern instead. You may find a very light spritz of olive oil applied just before baking helpful to maintain your pretty pie pattern, as low-fat doggy cookies are dry and often craze a little during baking. 

Tips and Tricks:
  • In addition to being doggone delicious and fragrant, cinnamon offers some great health benefits to dogs (and people); however, it's not suitable for everyone. Pregnant/nursing dogs in particular should not be given cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is the recommended variety for dogs, if/when used. 
  • 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. 
  • Any baked treat can be left in the cooling oven for a slightly crisper texture or, if you want to get things extra crunchy without overbaking/burning, you can place the baked treats in the dehydrator (fresh from the oven or later) and dry them out.  These will be a little less like a homebaked cookie and a bit more like a crunchy biscuit.  Totally optional, of course!

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about your dog's diet and health, have a chat with your vet.

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