Hello 2013! Now that we’ve established that the world isn’t ending – it’s time to celebrate life and enjoy even the smallest of pleasures. I hope you all had a great holiday season and baked at least one batch of goodies for you know who. To bring the new year in on a fun note, I chose to make a candy treat that’s actually pretty good for your dog. The colourful ones above are coated in Royal Yogurt Icing – Fido’s Frosting from K9 Cakery. These colours just POP, don’t they? And, as you can see, they also look good NAKED!
These are super easy to make. I chose buckwheat flour again (the “wheat” part has nothing to do with wheat) and I decided to try out tapioca flour. Tapioca is made from the cassava plant, and it’s a great gluten free flour that’s readily available at the grocery store. Once again I used blackstrap molasses as I’ve been grooving on it’s nutritional benefits and stick-to-it-ness!
NAKED PUPPY POPPERS:
2 cups buckwheat flour
1 1/2 cups tapioca flour
1/3 cup blackstrap molasses
1/3 cup olive or canola oil
1/2 cup water
Dog friendly food colouring
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Simply mix together the flours and salt. Then add the molasses and get your stand or hand mixer going. Next, crack in your eggs and oil. Mix again. I add the half cup of water last and then give it a final mix until it looks like cookie dough. Sprinkle some flour on your non-stick baking sheet or parchment lined tray. Use a spatula to scoop this brown goop out. Sprinkle more flour on top so you can flatten it out. Press it down to your desired thickness, cut into long strips, then chop bite sized pieces from the strips. Roll into balls and place on tray. Bake at 250 degrees F. for 20 minutes to half an hour. Roll halfway through.
To frost, follow directions on frosting package, add dog safe food colouring (also from K9 CAKERY) and dip/drizzle away. Let them dry on the rack for 24 hours. I can’t wait to share pics of the Diva cookies Laura decorates with this frosting in “Who’s The Boss”, one of our upcoming episodes of Fido & Wine. She puts my icing skills to shame!
I’m neither a vet nor an animal nutritionist. This recipe is not meant to replace a proper and balanced diet for your dog. You should speak to your own vet before trying new recipes or feeding any home cooked foods to your dog.