Wednesday, 8 July 2015

{RECIPE} Bastille Day Doggy 'Croissant' Treats

J'aime mes chiens!  Tuesday (14 July) is Bastille Day / French National Day, so for this week's recipe we are sharing a cafe-inspired dog croissant-style treat for anyone looking for a special treat. This would be a perfect little biscuit to bake up anytime for a little doggy-brunch party or perhaps a birthday breakfast. The dough used for the pictured treats is very basic, but you can substitute any dog-friendly roll-and-cut type of treat dough - check our shaped treat recipe archives for more ideas!  If you would like us to try and create a special post for an upcoming holiday or occasion in your part of the world, drop us a comment here or on Facebook.

Bastille Day Dog Croissant Treats

  • 1 small single-serve jar of baby food
  • Approximately 1/2 to 3/4 cup of rice flour, or other flour of your choice
  • Water if/as needed for consistency
Preheat oven to 180C. Empty the baby food into a mixing bowl, and incrementally add flour, mixing into a firm dough. The amount of flour required may vary slightly depending on your chosen baby food and type of flour. You can add a little bit of water, a small drizzle of olive oil, or additional flour to adjust consistency if needed. Roll on a lightly floured surface. 

To make croissant shapes, cut the rolled dough into small, long, triangular shapes (isosceles for fellow nerds!), and roll these triangles into a croissant style. Note: These are simple dough biscuits, not pastry, so they will not stretch like a true croissant while you roll and shape them.  Bake on a lined baking tray for approximately 15 minutes. Remove and cool.

Tips and Tricks:
  • This is a VERY easy recipe, but these croissant-style treats can be made using any rollable dog treat dough - see our shaped treat recipes for some fun ideas!
  • Baby food is a quick and easy way to add delicious nutritious content to homemade dog treats, but always check the label to avoid no-no ingredients such as onion. For this simple dough recipe, you can choose any dog-safe food flavour that you think your pup would enjoy.
  • This dough can be frozen if you prefer to bake a smaller batch of treats or you can bake and freeze extras. Because of the rolling and shaping, you might find making a double batch easier.
  • These treats can (of course) be cut into other shapes or simply made into treat balls (like our Tuna Shortbreads) if you don't like the hassle of rolling dough into croissants.
  • 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.
  • Rice flour is a solid starchy baker's option that helps with binding. If your chosen baby food is gluten-free, then so are these treats. You can substitute another flour, if you wish.
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, have a chat with your vet.

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