I’ve been threatening to put this recipe up for awhile, so here goes…
I first made this homemade dog biscuit recipe* years ago for my Norwegian Elkhound. She loved them and I loved knowing exactly what I was feeding my best girl. Fast-forward to the era of Jasper, and I’ve rediscovered the formula in my stash of recipes. The original is what I’ll type in here, but I’ll let you in on a secret: I customise for my boy. He loves Marmite and he loves this dreadful beef jerky stuff that we use for training treats. Those go in. He acts like an addict for my variation, a treat I call Homemadios – a play on the name Bonio, a well known dog biscuit brand here in the UK.
The original recipe:
1/3 C margarine, softened (about 75g)
3/4 C hot water, meat juices, or bouillon
1/2 C powdered milk
1/2 tsp salt or instant bouillon (not needed if bouillon is used above)
1 egg, beaten
3 C whole wheat flour
Preheat oven to 325 (160c). Put soft margarine in a large bowl. Pour hot water (juices or bouillon) over margarine. Stir in powdered milk, salt, and beaten egg. Add flour 1/2 C at a time, mixing well after each addition. Dump dough onto a floured surface. Knead 3 to four minutes, adding more flour for a very stiff dough. Pat or roll out dough to 1/2 inch thick. Use cookie cutter or doughnut cutter to cut biscuits. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool and dry out until hard. Recipe makes 1.5 pounds. Then give to them to your favourite dog.
So, the above recipe is what I base mine on, but with a few modifications…
I use hot water with marmite in it. I also add a pinch or two of veggie bouillon (powdered) for rounded flavour. And the meat powder and scraps we get when we cut the jerky into training bites? I save that to add to the dough. I add about a cup of that in, and that means I may add a little more hot water and flour as I mix to get the right consistency.
As far as rolling and cutting? Nope. Dogs don’t care about shapes, they care about treats, so I just blob the dough into log shapes about as long as my finger onto a floured baking sheet. Works fine. I’ve made cute bone-shaped biscuits before but the dog really doesn’t care.
I didn’t knead this time around either, instead, just made sure the dough was stiff and stirred till I got a sore arm. Again, I’m not sure it makes that much of a difference. What I do know, is that in this house of vegetarians, there’s no competition to lick the bowl and spatula. Jasper, you win. And happy third birthday today, my boy.
* origin of it is a mystery to me, as I only have a typewritten photocopy from who-knows-when