HEAPS NORMAL DOG BISCUITS
Ever catch yourself sipping a Heaps Normal and wondering why your dog friends are excluded from the party? Worry no longer. We’ve pulled together the pawfect dog biscuit recipe to get you started.
Firstly, you’ll be needing some spent grain. This is where you need to make the call out to all your home-brewer friends or local breweries to see if they could kindly place a few cups aside for you when they brew (make sure they haven’t added hops to this mix as this can be very harmful to dogs). Spent grain is magical goodness for dogs, packed full of protein and fibre. It's safe for human consumption but taste wise, we wouldn't recommend it.
You’ll also be needing some cookie cutters. We recommend procuring some dog bone shaped cutters. Even though your pet pal won’t be able to appreciate the aesthetic efforts you went to, your social media followers will.
Not only do these dog biccies win the hearts of your pets, they will also win the hearts of those friends you forgot to reply to a few months back. We recommend gifting them a four pack of beers and a four pack of dog biccies.
*Safe for human consumption. If you are willing... Throw yourself a bone.
Yields 60-80 dog biscuits
8 cups of spent grain
5 cups of flour (this really depends on how wet the spent grain is) + extra for dusting
2 cups of peanut butter (make sure to get the all natural peanut butter)
Sprinkle of jerky (if you want)
1. Preheat the oven to 180℃.
2. Crack a Heaps Normal.
3. Combine all your ingredients into a VERY large bowl. We did split this across two batches. Get your hands in there and mix it all together. If it is too sticky and not forming into little dough balls, add even more flour.
4. Separate the mix into four or five dough balls. You want these to be sticking together and not falling apart as you’ll be rolling these. Don’t worry about being too generous with the flour. You’ll be needing a lot to get these to roll flat.
5. Clear a space on the bench top and sprinkle with flour.
6. Grab your rolling pin and roll your dough ball into a large pancake. Thickness depends on your preference. We went with about half a cm thick. Although it did vary as we got lazier towards the end.
7. Now grab those dog bone cookie cutters and cut-out as many dog treats as you can. Keep re-rolling and cutting until you’ve got nothing left.
8. Assemble the biscuits onto a baking tray with baking paper. This is where you can press some of that added jerky into the biscuits (if using). Be careful not to press too hard and misshape them.
9. Place the treats in the oven for 30 minutes.
10. Relax and drink beer.
11. Allow the treats to dry and store them in an airtight container for up to 10 days.
So there you go, spent dog biscuits. Beer for you and treats for your doggo using the same grain your beer is brewed with. Saves the planet and keeps your pet pal as happy as larry.
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