Billy will do anything for bacon. Sit, lie down, fetch, it all suddenly makes sense when there’s a bacon treat in the offing. So when I learned from fellow Thermomix user Shelley Green that she had a really good Thermomix dog biscuit recipe with a version that included bacon, I asked her for it and made both Billy and Harley extremely happy boys!
Shelley’s Dog Biscuits
Adapted by Madame Thermomix from a recipe that uses whole wheat grains and popping corn, which are easily milled in the Thermomix (same weight; 1 minute/Speed 10). Shelley leaves out the bacon but my boys love it too much so I left it in. I also changed the order and combined some of the steps to save even more time and washing up Makes 50 – 140 biscuits depending on the size of your cutter and how thick or thin you roll the dough. Could make up to 200 training treats!
100 g rolled oats
100 g cheddar cheese, cubed
200 – 250g (3 – 5 rashers) bacon, roughly chopped or cut with scissors if you’re lazy like me!
50 g butter or oil
200 g water
100 g milk
350 g whole wheat flour
150 g cornmeal/polenta
- Pre-heat the oven to 160°C (325°F/Gas 3).
- Add cheese and oats to TM bowl and mill 5 seconds/Speed 8. Set aside.
- Add bacon to TM bowl and chop 5 seconds/Speed 5. Cook at 100° C/10 minutes/Reverse Blade Function/Speed spoon with Measuring Cup at an angle to allow steam to escape.
- Add butter, water and milk to TM bowl and heat at 60° C/1 minute/Speed 1. Add whole wheat flour, milled oats and cheese mixture, cornmeal and egg to TM bowl. Lock lid and mix 1 minute/Dough setting or until just combined.
- Tip bowl upside down onto a silicone mat and turn base of blade to release mixture. If mixture is slightly wet leave to stand for 5-10 minutes before rolling out. Roll out to ½ inch or 1 cm thickness and cut into desired shape (2″ dog bone shapes are great; I also had American-style fire hydrants and some kitty cats). Alternatively, roll balls of dough into ½ inch or 1 cm diameter rolls and cut into bite-sized nuggets to make small training treats. Place on a lined baking tray and bake for 40 – 45 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack and store in a biscuit tin.
ThermoHubby John walked by as I was making these, grunted and said “Darn expensive dog biscuits!” so I decided to do a cost comparison. My ingredients cost me (prices correct as of August 2012) £5.05 and I made 138 biscuits. That’s less than 4 pence per 2-inch/4-cm biscuit. I looked online for comparable homemade dog treats and an equivalent bag of 30 treats costs £2.65 + P&P, which would make my 138 treats cost over £10 plus P&P. ‘Nuff said, I think!
It’s all good, edible stuff inside, and they actually taste like really good savoury biscuits for cheese – I tried one! And besides, Harley and Billy can’t get enough of them
“Bone” appétit ! (sorry, couldn’t resist)