Friday, 26 May 2017

Red White and Blue Marbled Star Treats for Patriotic Pups

These red white and blue treats for patriotic pups show how simple it is to adapt the same marbling technique as our Unicorn Bones to other fun treats. We're really feeling rather jealous of our American furfriends who will be having a long weekend for Memorial Day, but we're very good and giving dogs so we're going to share a special post for them all the same. :) 


Personally, I find that the trickiest thing about trying to create a red white and blue baked dog treat is aiming for "white".  Many of our favourite doggy doughs are naturally tinted and very few white (or whitish) binders will stay white.  These treats are made with the simple pale base of a pear baby food and rice flour - very simple - and were baked a little longer at lower temp to try and hold colour. Not true white, but not bad.  Other simple white/pale binding ingredients include cream cheese, sour cream, yogurt, etc.  Embrace a little beige - it will make your life easier and your dogs won't care! Since true red and blue are tricky with natural colours, this small special occasion batch was tinted with a combination of both natural add-ins and food colourings - you can read more about tints for treats here. The instructions for marbling treats are available in our Unicorn Bone recipe post, but I've included photos of these treats being prepped and key tips below.  


If you are making a simple coloured dough, it's easiest to tint first; however, if your splitting dough for multiple colours I find it helps spread the colour and save your hands somewhat if you use a divet-fill-fold to start the blending process. Separate the dough into small pieces. Gather the pieces together and squeeze into a loose ball. Ensure a good distribution for variety and don't make the pieces too tiny, else your marbling will be muddy when rolled. Roll and cut into shapes. Tips: Pick your cutter positions to take advantage of colour transitions and combinations. Since repeat reforming and rolling will muddy the marbling, cut any larger shapes first and the smaller-pieces from the gaps and any re-rolled dough if/as needed. Confetti bites work perfectly for this! Chill if needed for your recipe, and then bake according to recipe, taking care not to brown your treats. This may require lowering your temperature and/or shortening baking time. Cooling in the oven or dehydrating after baking can help make things crisper, if you want a crunchier treat. Cool before serving and storage.

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes hereRemember, 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. 


P.S. Check out last year's Memorial Day post for more doggone great puptriotic pet ideas and don't forget to take some time in tribute to the reason for the holiday - see our Remembrance Day Dog post for some inspiring history.   Have a wonderful weekend, and stay safe furfriends!

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