Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Tasty Tuesday!

I've been admiring the cute little cookie cutters and molds that so many have for making treats.  Blueberry's human suggested Michael's as a source but there isn't one close to where we live and I forgot to go when we went to the big city.  But, yesterday while at the Bulk Barn...look what I found!  There was a huge selection of cookie cutters and I decided on the small bone and a cat.

The best part is that they were less than a dollar each!  So, it was time to make some biscuits.  Did I have a recipe?  Nope, I never did get around to printing one.  Note to self, print dog biscuit recipes! 

With no recipe, I just used some fresh baked squash, some brown rice flour and a pinch of garlic powder.  I rolled the dough out and used the cookie cutters.  They turned out very crispy but tasted bland (yes I tried one).  There were no complaints from the pack though, they all really like anything crispy, even bland and boring things.

To boost the flavour, I made little sandwich cookies using peanut butter as a filler.

I roasted the squash seeds using a suggestion to first boil the seeds for 10 minutes and then drying them before roasting.  This made them less "woody" and with some seasoned salt, a yummy human treat.

Since the oven was on and I was feeling ambitious I decided to make bread.  I've seen recipes for an orange cranberry bread that doesn't require kneading and is baked in a dutch oven.  Well, I don't have a dutch oven so decided to try and modify my basic bread recipe (which makes two loaves) by adding 1/4 to 1/2 cup each of dried cranberries and slivered almonds.  I also added the grated rind of two oranges and replaced the water called for in the recipe with orange juice.

The only problem I am having lately with making bread is the rising.  Our home thermostat is set at 62F/17C.  Bread needs a temperature of 75F/24C - 85F/29C to rise.  I've used, with limited success, a cooler rinsed with boiling water and covered with a couple of blankets.  Anyways, the bread didn't rise as much as it should have, but tasted very yummy!  It was good plain, toasted and toasted with peanut butter for breakfast.

While the yeast bread was baking, I made an orange quick bread.  It's from the Company's Coming Muffins and More cookbook by Jean Pare.  Copyright 1983, Twelfth Edition 1989 by Company's Coming Publishing Limited.

(yes, there is a small chunk missing on the right edge, it stuck
and I was getting very tired and wasn't as careful as I should
have been removing it from the pan!)

Orange Loaf

1/2 cup butter or marjarine
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
grated rind from one orange
juice from one orange and water to make 1/2 cup

2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Cream butter and sugar.  Add one egg, mix well. Add second egg and mix well.  Stir in rind and juice.

In another bowl, combine dry ingredients and walnuts.

Combine wet and dy, stir to moisten.

Bake in a greased loaf pan at 350F for one hour.  Check for doneness with a toothpick.

Glaze while hot from the oven with:
Juice from one orange and 1/4 cup sugar, heated to dissolve the sugar.

Let sit for 10-15 minutes before removing from the pan to a wire rack to cool.

Note:  I easily veganized this recipe by using ground flax seed and water for   the eggs and a vegetable marjarine.

I'm going to look for some dog biscuit recipes so that we can use our new cookie cutters again and make something more tasty!


  1. Yummy! Love your idea of putting peanut butter between the treats - I've done that before and it's always a big hit with the dogs!

    So, does the orange quick bread taste orange-y? It looks really moist and delicious!

    1. The orange quick bread is very yummy and orangey! Actually, the yeast bread is really yummy too. Do you bake for humans? I always slice the quick bread, individually wrap the slices and put them in the freezer. Great to have on hand to throw in lunches.

  2. We agree with Blueberry...you can never go wrong with peanut butter!

    Your breads look delicious.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

    1. Peanut bitter is a staple in our home. We always have a few jars in the cupboard. Yum!

  3. Anonymous12/04/2012

    It's funny...I have some leftover mashed baked squash in the fridge right now and i was considering how i could turn it into dog treats...and i never would have thought of making a sandwich cookie with peanut butter...thanks for the great ideas!

    1. Hi! Thanks for stopping by, we're going to visit your blog!

      Glad you like the idea of sandwich cookies. I figured, why not give it a try. With your squash, you could always make a quick soup too. Yum!

  4. That looks really delicious especially in those cute shapes!
    Dropped by from the TT blog hop, nice to meet you :)

    1. Hi Cotton, glad you stopped by! We'll visit you too.

      There were bigger cookie cutters but if they're small then each dog can have two treats.

  5. Those sandwich cookies look really cute! We usually add cheese to jazz up squash cookies, but I bet peanut butter is very nice too! Thanks for joining in the Tasty Tuesday hop!

    1. Hi! Thanks for stopping by, we're going to visit you too!

      Cheese would be a good idea too but since the human element of the house is vegan, no cheese. Well, there is the "fake" stuff but I'd rather not give that to the dogs! Next time I might add some grated carrot either in the batter or just on the peanut butter filling.

  6. Love your cookie cutters! Wrigs likes the size of those cookies--they're a heck of a lot larger than the little biscotti treats I bake for him. :-) The bread looks delicious!

    Susan and Wrigs

    1. Biscotti dog treats? That sounds yummy. Are you going to post the recipe for a Tasty Tuesday? (hint, hint!)