A is for Apple – Recipe

Hi Readers!

I have a back log of posts to get up but thought this would probably be best since the “test kitchen” will be cooking up some more goodies this weekend.  I see Blizzard helped out letting  you folks know I was out of town on a business trip for work.  Guess I should have watched who I gave my password to!

Upcoming I have some exciting news about the “test kitchen” and some posts about getting into showing dogs, as well as some tips for training!

Remember there’s still time to get your applications in to be a treat taste tester!  I have already had a number of applications come in and it’s looking good so far but you still have an opportunity to join this elite (and lucky group) of dogs.  I am in definite need of some picky dogs so if your dog is picky send in an application!  Who knows?  You might learn something your finicky canine loves to eat.  Send those along to: barkculture@gmail.com

I picked up some new cookie cutters this weekend and found some new and exciting ones online as well!  Can’t wait to get more.  As crazy as it sounds I actually get inspiration from cookie cutter shapes for new recipes.  Part of the fun of making dog treats is the creativity that goes into them.  Just because your dog can’t appreciate it doesn’t mean you can’t!

Today’s recipe is one of the “test kitchens” favorites thus far.  They smell good, are great for your dog and provide some wholesome nutrition packed in a great crispy treat.

Ingredients   

  • 1 1/2 c. Oat Flour    
  • 1 1/2c. Brown Rice Flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. Oat Bran
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 2 Tbs. Honey
  • 1/2 c. Water
  • 1 apple (small to medium) diced (do not include core, stem or seeds but DO include skin)
Directions
1.  Preheat oven to 350.
2.  Dice the apple into small bits.  These should not be huge chunks.  Note: You can use whatever brand of apple you would like.  I personally prefer using Fuji or Braeburn for these recipes.

For this recipe I used an Organic Fuji.

One small apple yields quite a bit of finely diced apple. Be sure to sample as you go!

3.  Mix egg, applesauce, honey, water and cinnamon together until well blended.
4.  Slowly add in your oat and then brown rice flour.
5.  Add in the oat bran.
6.  Carefully add in your apple to the mixture.  Note: Your mixture will have produced a stiff dough.  Adding in the apples is a challenge as they tend to fling out of your mixture.  Once the apples are added they will also soften your dough considerably.  If you find your dough too soft to work with add more oat flour to the recipe.

After realizing the dough was too soft to work with I simply kneaded in more flour.

7.  At this stage you can either roll small balls or roll the dough out and cut with a shape of your choice.  I made both “poppers” and cut cookies from this recipe.

I just picked up an apple shaped cookie cutter so the next time I make these treats I'll be using an apple shape and A's!

8.  Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Parchment paper really is a baking wonder!

9.  Bake about 20 minutes or until crispy.
10.  Cool on wire rack.

Crispy, crunchy, cooled apple A's

11.  These can be stored in an airtight container out of the fridge.  No refrigeration needed for these!

You can see the diced apples! These smelled good enough for me to want to try them!

Don’t forget, if there’s something you want to see baked let me know!  Want to know how to go about making something crafty?  We can do that too!  Specific product you want reviewed?  Yup, we do that!  Have something on your mind, related to dogs?  Send along the query and we’ll make sure to answer it in an upcoming post.
Bone Appetite!
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