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Middle School
Activity

“LEND A HUMANE HAND”
Are there people in your community that are helping improve the environment by providing shelter for pets? What could you do to help? How about making pet treats?
BAKING
  • To learn more about local support services that assist in providing shelter for animals and people at risk.
  • To develop plans to offer assistance to these services.
  • To prepare products or offer a service that lends support to the shelter selected
Ingredients and Equipment Needed:

INGREDIENTS:

2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
½ cup non-fat dry milk powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon brown sugar
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
½ cup cold water
1 egg

EQUIPMENT:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Pastry blender
  • Mixing spoon
  • Rolling pin
  • Knife for cutting dough
  • Baking sheet
  • Oven

Before you begin:

Wash hands and prepare a “Pet Treat” recipe.

BAKE FOR FAMILY FUN EXPLORATION:

While your treats are baking……
  • Look in yellow pages and find local services addressing the needs of animals.
  • Visit the local animal shelter to learn more about their services.
  • Discuss what your family might do to help an animal shelter.
  • Write or call the animal shelter to find out how you can help.
  • Make Handmade Dog or Cat biscuit treats and donate them to the Local Animal Shelter. Ask if they have pets with beef or wheat allergies. Adjust recipes to meet the directions of the manager.
  • Prepare an ingredient label for the treats. List them beginning with the ingredient with the most volume in the recipe to the least.

RECIPES


Pet Treat Recipe

2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1 egg
½ cup non-fat dry milk powder
½ cup cold water
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 teaspoon brown sugar

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients. With a pastry blender, cut in the butter or margarine until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Mix together the egg and cold water. Stir the liquids into the dry mixture to form a dough ball. Sprinkle with small amounts of water or flour to make a dough that can be kneaded. Knead for about 3 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll dough into a sheet ½-inch thick. Cut into bone- shapes, using a cookie cutter or knife. Cut into kibble snacks by rolling the dough into a long thin log—make it triangular or round--and cut ½-inch thick . Place cut pieces on baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes—depending on the size of the pieces— until browned and crunchy.

Options:

  • Substitute ½ cup cornmeal or soy flour for ½ cup of the wheat flour.
  • Add 3 tablespoons bouillon or dried soup mix to dry mixture. Decrease salt to ½ teaspoon.
  • Substitute a blend of non-gluten flours (sorghum, soy, corn) or meal (corn, or flax) for pets with wheat allergies. (Found in the baking aisle or check out the web-sites www.bobsredmill.com; www.hodgsonmill.com; www.kingarthur.com)

Source: Home Baking Association — www.homebaking.org


Here’s another recipe to try!

Doggie Biscuits

3 ½ cups unbleached all purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup rye flour
2 cups bulgur
1 cup cornmeal
½ cup instant non-fat dry milk powder
4 teaspoons salt
1 envelope active dry yeast
¼ -1/2 cup warm water
3 cups chicken broth
Egg glaze: 1 egg, slightly beaten with 1 teaspoon milk

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. In a large bowl mix the flours, bulgur, cornmeal, dry milk and salt.
  2. Dissolve the yeast in warm (105-115 degrees F) water. Add to the dry ingredients.
  3. Add chicken broth (no warmer than 115 degrees F) to the flour mixture. Stir until a dough forms. Knead to form a smooth dough.
  4. Let the dough rest a few minutes; roll out to ¼-inch thickness. Use a large bone shaped cookie cutter. Place on prepared cookie sheets.
  5. Brush with egg glaze. Bake bones for 45 minutes. Turn off the oven and allow to harden overnight. Makes 30 large bones.

Nutrition Facts: One of 30 bones has 158 calories, 6 g protein; 32 g carbohydrate; 1g fat; 11 mg cholesterol and 364 mg sodiumSource: Fleischmann’s Yeast—www.breadworld.com