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Basic Yeast Dog Treats

This very basic dog treat contains whole grain and all-purpose flour as well as cornmeal. The flavoring comes from chicken or beef broth so the better the quality the better the flavor. Because we use yeast we get a nice, tall puffy treat.

Yield: Approximately 4 dozen 3" treats
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Ingredients

3 1/2 cup all-purpose (or unbleached) flour
2 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup skim milk powder
1 tablespoon (or 1 package) dry yeast
3 1/2 cups lukewarm chicken or meat broth (about 2- 15oz cans)

1 egg beaten with about 2 tablespoons water (for egg wash)


Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Grease cookie sheets.

Mix together all dry ingredients.

Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm chicken or meat broth. Let yeast broth mixture set 10 min. Then stir in flour mixture until a soft dough is formed. If the dough is too sticky you can add more flour.

Roll resulting dough out 1/4" thick. Cut dog biscuit shapes from dough. Put scraps back in bowl and re-roll out until all dough is used.

Brush biscuits with egg wash. Bake on greased cookie sheets at 300* for 45 min. Then turn off oven and leave in overnight to finish hardening.

Makes 60 medium-sized biscuits**


**Recipe Note
We used 3" medium dog-bone cookie cutters as well as a few 3" dog paws and fire hydrants. We made about 4 dozen treats. Additionally, we did not use the egg wash in the batch we photographed. 

Basic Yeast Dog Treats
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Storing Dog Treats
In general you should store dog treats the same way you would homemade people cookies. That being said, there are two main variables that determine storage time - the amount and type of fat in the recipe and your local weather conditions. If your recipe uses fats such as butter, or meat bits or juices then it will be more prone to rancidity than a recipe that uses some vegetable oil or shortening. Your treats may mold or spoil much faster in humid or very hot climates.

Refrigeration and Freezing - Refrigeration will prolong the life of more fragile dog treats. Make sure to store in a tightly sealed container or zip lock bag. You can also freeze most treats in zip lock freezer bags. Allow to thaw completely before use.

 
Posted: 12/8/2012 5:18:46 PM
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foodsleuth
12/12/2010
All the neighbor dogs love this recipe!  The finished treats are crunchy (when baked long enough) I made mine for a medium sized dog but we broke them in pieces for the smaller neighbor dogs.  I found I had to add more flour than the recipe called for to make a dough I could roll out.  Also I was not overly consistent with the thickness of the dough as I rolled so the fatter treats were softer and the thinner crunchier.  None of my doggie critics cared, all were scarfed up.


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