Today was rainy – a sharp contrast to the last few gloriously sunny days. Rain always makes me want to bake and this day was no different. There was; however, a nagging forlorn look that kept gazing at me, begging to go outside, begging for a walk in the woods, or a quick swim in the lake. But it was raining and I wanted to bake. While a lab is in ecstasy in steady rain and loves bounding through puddles more than if she had stumbled into a basket of new squeaky toys, no sad pathetic face was going to distract me from baking.
But, all the sudden I got another forlorn look. This time from Betsy who asked where her pumpkin treat was? “Your mom makes pumpkin pie for me” came directed to my attention. Was she kidding me? I just made two cookie sheets worth of dog food that puts the cardboard texture of Milkbones to shame. The taste of chalk was replaced with cane syrup and pumpkin; Betsy should be thanking me for transforming her dog into a bundle of contentment.
Yet, I baked again. This time it was a simple pumpkin pie just the right size for one (or two if someone feels so inclined to share).
The girls are now happy and I was able to satisfy my need to bake in the rain. Good thing, because sun is in the forecast for tomorrow.
For those of you who want to see a smile on your dog’s face (I guess that is what I saw) here is the recipe from Cesar's Way for the dog treats. Or, you can always buy Milkbones.
- ¼ cup canned pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons cane syrup (or molasses)
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 cup wheat flour (I used all-purpose white flour instead)
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
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- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Mix pumpkin, cane syrup, water and vegetable oil in a bowl. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon to the mixture. Stir well until combined.
- Scoop out small spoonfuls of dough (about one tablespoon) and roll into a bowl with wet hands (see note below). Set balls on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and flatten tops with a wet fork or finger. For softer treats, bake approximately 10 minutes, for harder treats bake for approximately 25 minutes.
Note: I put the dough mixture in a zip-lock bag, cut a small hole in one end and piped it onto the cookie sheet and flattened with a fork.