June 15th, 2011

Posh Doggy Biscuits

We welcome Mr Darcey and Hector our springer spaniel pups to the British Larder team. Ross call them the “new recruits” and they have the title of chief plate lickers. Ha, Ha only a joke!! Actually they are chief chewers! They chew anything and everything in their way.

They are on a special puppy diet and I made these fabulous dog biscuits especially for them. I know exactly what is inside, no additives or preservatives, and they contain ingredients that I would personally eat.

When we moved to Suffolk we wanted to get a dog – well now we have two. I also had great intentions to bake special doggy biscuits to sell from the bar… well those intentions took 9 months to materialise and finally here we are. Scrumptious Sutton Hoo Chicken Liver, Carrot and Oaty Biscuits; yes they are rather posh, but then only the best for these uber cute doggies!

This takes me back to our last visit to the States. We stayed near Time Warner Center, New York, home to the fantastic Bouchon Bakery. We were obsessed with Bouchon and every morning went there for a cup of coffee and a pastry. It’s also the perfect place to people watch, and one of the items they sell is dog biscuits laced with foie grass and chicken stock, very posh! We got chatting with the lady behind the counter who told us how some dog owners not only buy a biscuit for their dogs but that the owners are rather partial to a doggy biscuit too! Well it made me giggle and remained in my memory.

There is no foie grass for our pups but instead, the best chicken livers our money can buy! The chicken hearts could also be a great substitute or addition to use alongside the chicken livers. I have chosen carrots as these two boys love carrots and a carrot has entertained them for hours on end, so I thought it better make its way into their yummy treats. Remember not to add any salt or sugar! Even though these biscuits are technically good for them remember not to feed your dog too many, it’s only a treat.

These biscuits are perfectly good for human consumption too if you wish, however if you are baking them for your own enjoyment add a salt to the mixture otherwise it’s a bit bland. I thought they would be super delicious as a canape with a bit of chicken liver parfait on top…. more ideas.

Sutton Hoo Chicken Liver, Carrot and Oaty Biscuits

  • 140g oatmeal
  • 200g oats
  • 75ml sunflower oil
  • 80ml cold water
  • 100g carrot
  • 200g fresh chicken livers
  • 40g sunflower seeds

Make the dough one day in advance, let it absorb the liquids.

Use a blender to blend the carrot, oil, water, chicken livers and 1/3 of the oatmeal until a fine puree.

Stir in the remaining oatmeal, oats and sunflower seeds.

Divide the dough into 4 even size sausages, roll the dough in clingfilm. Refrigerate for a minimum of 6 hours.

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Cut the biscuits in 1/2 cm thick pieces. Remove the clingfilm and transfer them to a baking tray.

Bake the biscuits for 20 -25 minutes, let them cool on a cooling rack.

Keep them in a air tight container.

Makes approximately 40 biscuits


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15 Comments to “Posh Doggy Biscuits”

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  1. Bette says:

    These sound wonderful. My husband cooks for the dog, never for me (not sure I would eat his cooking, to be fair). He would love to make these, if you could clear up a little transatlantic vocabulary confusion. Although he is British (and even lived in Suffolk for some time!), he is not – as I said, much of a cook!

    So – by “oatmeal”, do you mean what I might call oat flour? “Oatmeal” here in N. America refers to what I think you would call porridge. The second ingredient being “oats” made that even more confusing: rolled oats? Steel cut oats?

    Great blog – I’m a thermomix newbie and always looking for inspiration.

    Bette in Toronto

  2. Madalene says:

    Hi Bette,

    I used both oats (you refer to this as oatmeal) we get two sizes a regular rolled oats and then a jumbo oats and what I call oatmeal you call oat flour.
    You need both otherwise the biscuits are too fragile.

    Happy Baking
    Madalene

  3. Amanda says:

    Oh, what very sweet pups. However, they bring to mind the childhood of my little girl, Molly, an Irish Wolfhound. Her chewing stage was one of the most expensive periods of our lives as she set about crunching her way through hoses, hose fittings, riding boots, rubber boots, work boots, 4 different sets of bedding (she ended up spending that winter sleeping on newspaper), outdoor furniture etc., – a very trying time indeed and one I’m surprised my marriage survived!

  4. Your puppies are certainly ‘uber cute’. Perhaps I should make some of these for my Farmer’s Market offerings.

  5. Lynette says:

    My dogs, 4 Lucas’s & a Jack , just love these doggie biscuits, they linger around the food cupboard hoping for another one ! Thank you.

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