Monday, 10 December 2018

{RECIPE} Berry Bacon Barkmas Bone Dog Treats


Berry bacon barkmas bones...say that 10 times fast! :) These treats combine yummy strawberry (a dog favourite around here) with the irresistible scent/taste of bacon. Strawberries are in season during our Christmas holidays; however, frozen berries are fine for baking treats any time of year.  Any treat that gets crazy googly eyes from our beloved old Oli makes all the baking effort worthwhile! 

I had initially planned to add turmeric to these to boost the berry and beetroot pink into a holiday red, but I completely forgot until after the dough was already mixed.  Oops!  Too busy saying berry bacon barkmas bones to myself and giggling, perhaps! In any case, since dogs don't really see shades of pink or red, no matter!

I also made these treats with a double egg dough...simply because I needed to use up some eggs. Hehe... Rich eggy doughs are a bit sticky to work with and handle (you may prefer ball and flatten to roll-and-cut, especially with all that chunky bacon) but they do bake well, plus eggs have excellent nutritional value. If you prefer a less-rich dough, you can omit one of the eggs and use some water and/or additional puree in your dough mixture instead (adjust flour if/as needed).

Berry Bacon Barkmas Bone Dog Treats

1/4 cup pureed strawberry (volume should be measured after pureeing)
2 eggs
1 tbsp ground flax/LSA (optional)
1 tsp beetroot powder (optional for added colour)
Up to 1/2 cup finely chopped bacon (cooked and cooled)
Approximately 1 + 1/4 cup rice flour

Preheat over to 180C.  Combine berry puree, egg, flax, and beetroot powder in a mixing bowl.  Stir in bacon. Incrementally add flour, mixing into a cohesive workable dough.  The amount of flour required will vary depending on your individual ingredients and any optional add-ins or substitutions. Missed the mark? No worries! You can add a little bit of water, a small amount of olive oil, or additional flour to adjust consistency if/as needed. Rest dough (optional, but recommended for gluten-free flour baking). Roll, cut into desired shapes, and place on a prepared baking pan, or simply ball and flatten gently with a fork for quick cookie-style treats. Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes. Cooking time will vary with shape/size, so keep an eye on the oven. Cool before serving and storage.

Tips and Tricks:
  • Rich egg doughs tend to be a bit sticky to work with, but they do bake and dry very well, plus eggs have excellent nutritional value. If you prefer a less-rich dough, you can omit one of the eggs and use some water and/or additional puree in your dough mixture instead (adjust flour if/as needed).
  • You can adjust the bacon quantity to suit your pet and preferences, but I suggest not going higher than around 1/2 cup. Not only will the treats get richer, but it will be harder to hold together the chunky bacon bits in the dough (and potentially make your baked treats more prone to cracking apart as well).
  • The finer you chop the bacon, the smoother and easier to roll/cut. I processed mine in a food processor. This can be tricky if your bacon isn't dry.  If you are having trouble getting your bacon to process, adding some of your liquid ingredients can help to free things up and puree as a smoothie-style slurry instead. 
  • Resting the dough is optional as this is a low fat dough, but helps with the texture/handling of gluten-free baking dough, like rice flour. I like to rest and knead a little before rolling.
  • 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. 
  • 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 a 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!
  • These treats can be frozen for longer 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.

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