Yesterday whilst we were visiting the shops in Carmarthen we went into a cook shop, I like having a general wander round cook shops. I spotted a bone shaped biscuit cutter, yippee!! I’ve been looking for one for ages. So today after dinner I made up a batch of dog biscuits.
I am not sure the doggies deserve them or that the chickens deserve their porridge and as for Donald he has been positively naughty. I caught site of 2 chickens wandering outside the front of the house having been alerted to their being around by the dogs saying ‘oh please let me chase you’ in their usual loud hound dog way.
I went and got the trusty porridge jug and was just showing it to the chickens when the neighbours from up the hill drove by. Now the neighbours think I’m mad, I nodded and smiled trying to pretend I wasn’t holding up a jug of porridge and saying ‘it’s bedtime’ to the chicken.
The chickens happily all went to bed but Donald was having a look in on the dogs, the dogs were saying ‘hi’ so I ran back to shoo Donald up the garden and stop the noise. I then got halfway up the garden and realised I hadn’t got the grain to top up the birds supper so I went back to get it and managed, in my haste, to fall up the garden steps throwing the grain everywhere in the wet and muddy grass. It’s been years since I scraped my knees, my only hope was that there were no neighbours wandering by so my pride might at least not take a dent.
Anyway, the recipe for the dog biscuits:
2 cloves of garlic
250gms plain flour
80gms of fat – I used the fat drained out of the Sunday roast as it also contains some meat juices.
I use the food processor for this as it is so easy to do with the cutting blade in.
Oven to 180 degrees (I think it’s gas 5)
Peel the cloves of garlic and give them a bash with the side of the blade of a knife, pushing down on the side of the blade with your palm to crush the garlic. Put the garlic in the the food processor. Chop the cheese into lumps and add to the garlic. Give the mix a whizz until the cheese looks a bit like breadcrumbs. Add the flour and whizz again for 30 seconds to allow the flour to mix in. Add the fat and whizz again for 30 seconds. Lastly add the egg and whizz again. This time the mix should bind together like pastry, if it’s a bit dry add a tablespoon of water at a time and whizz again. It shouldn’t take too long and you have a big lump of dough.
Carefully remove the dough, those blades are sharp! Flour a board and roll out the dough to a thick pastry and cut out into whatever shapes you like. I bake in batches on the second to top shelf for 15 minutes. The finished article should be lightly browned. Cool the biscuits on a rack and store in an airtight container.
They smelled good to me when cooking and the noisy dogs did get to try them when they’d had their walk.