In need of some dog treat recipes? Head this way for some frightfully fabulous homemade dog biscuits…
Trick or treating might be a no go this year but in all other respects, I am embracing Halloween! So along with the other neighbours I have arranged pumpkins along my front wall, a wreath on the door, and I’m busy carving out a pumpkin to light up and put in my window. Oh, and pumpkin soup and pumpkin pie are also on the menu! But with all the excitement going on I want to get my two Norfolk Terriers, Rufus and Kiki, in on the act as they have been the best companions ever over lockdown and definitely need spoiling. So they have both been gifted brand new orange collars and leads to wear over Halloween from Reg and Bob and some delicious homemade Halloween treats from our lovely friend and near neighbour, Tiggy Willett.
Tiggy is the little sister of Made in Chelsea star and influencer Tabitha Willett, both girls live close by and share a passion for dogs. Tabitha’s dog is called Ruby, and Tiggy owns an adorable rescue dog Rolex. Tiggy worked as a chef before going travelling a few years ago and although she now works in the travel industry, she’s been cooking up a storm over lockdown and was inspired to start up a food account on Instagram – @tiggys.kitchen.
Tiggy has developed her own dog treat recipe for Rolex, her four-legged friend who she adopted when living in Uganda and managed a luxury safari lodge with her boyfriend. Rolex is named after a traditional Ugandan street food of rolled eggs nicknamed by the locals as Rolex. Having fallen in love with the bush pup, Tiggy and her boyfriend decided to do everything it would take to bring him home to England once their working contract was up. Though logistically quite challenging, they were hoping to avoid any quarantine rules and the price tag that comes with flying an animal as cargo! So instead, they flew the dog to Amsterdam as “checked luggage”, landing at 6 am and having to spend a few hours at a very cold beach in November waiting to take a ferry to England. Rolex took a little while to adjust to the cold weather, but now loves it here and you can find him curled up in front of the fire during the winter months or sunbathing in the garden during the summer months.
Tiggy made a batch of her biscuits for Rufus and Kiki using some spooky Halloween shaped cookie cutters (get similar ones here) creating ghoulish shapes and presented them in a lovely glass kiln jar tied with an orange ribbon. So many Halloween recipes these days are in American measures and have lots of unnecessary ingredients, but Tiggy’s is super easy and very healthy which is just as well as Rufus, being an elder statesman, has a delicate stomach and doesn’t always get on well with commercially made dog treats.
So if you would like to make these delicious dog biscuits here’s the recipe:
Tiggy’s Best Halloween treats
- 1 large sweet potato, roasted and the flesh scooped out. 180-200g
- 150g whole wheat flour
- 80g smooth pure peanut butter – Xylitol (sweetner) and palm oil free – check this in the ingredients list
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp runny honey
- Optional – a handful of grated cheddar cheese
- Preheat the oven to 180 Celsius.
- Combine ingredients to get a smooth dough, you may need more flour depending on how large your sweet potato.
- Cheddar cheese optional – add a handful of grated cheese to the dough and then roll out as normal.
- Cut into desired shapes and bake at 180 for 14 minutes until golden. Allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container.
Naturally, when Tiggy arrived with her just-baked biscuits it was waggy tails all round. They smelt delicious! Rufus and Kiki couldn’t wait to tuck in. But as Tiggy had made some biscuits with the addition of cheese I thought I would conduct a taste test to see which version Rufus and Kiki preferred. The cheesy ones were Kiki’s favourites and Rufus preferred the ones without the cheese. Although Tiggy brought the biscuits in a lovely glass jar you could also wrap them in small cellophane bags tied with ribbon and give them as Halloween gifts. As with all treats it’s best to give them out sparingly as to not upset their stomachs. I have two eager faces constantly peering up at the jar, but they are only given out for special treats. They are especially useful when Kiki runs off chasing squirrels in the park as I know that these special treats will bring her back without fail!
Are you thinking of baking up Tiggy’s Best Halloween Treats this week? We’d love to see pictures of them, especially if you manage to capture one before your four-legged friend gets to them! Be sure to tag us in your post and use #PetsPyjamas so that we can have a look for ourselves.
Have any recipes that you simply love to bake up for your pup? We’d love to see them as well! We’re always looking for inspiration of what to bake up next… And our furry friends don’t seem to complain when it comes to trying new homemade treats.
We also asked Tiggy where she’s looking to go this next year…
heck them out for yourself and if you’re feeling inspired feel free to give us a call on 020 3642 3162.
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