As posted earlier, Cello is on a month-long wheat and chicken free diet to see if we can get her recurring ear infections under control. I recently found out that buckwheat flour is NOT considered a grain and is wheat and gluten free! It was quite interesting to find out that buckwheat is actually closely related to rhubarb! Cello enjoyed the pumpkin biscotti I had made her, so I decided to try another variety biscotti…
- 1 pound ground bison (buffalo) (I used Whole Foods Market ground buffalo – their bison meet comes from buffalo who are free range for at least 2/3 of the animals’ lives, have no added antibiotics or growth hormones given to them, and have no animal byproducts in their feed)
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I used 365 Brand – found at Whole Foods Market – produced with no added hormones and made with milk from cows not treated with rBGH)
- 1 cup milk (I used Organic Valley-from cows not treated with rBGH)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 cups buckwheat flour (I used Arrowhead Mills – organic)
- 3 slices of bacon
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Cook ground buffalo completely, set side.
- Cook bacon until very well done, crush to bacon-bit size, set aside.
- Combine baking powder and buckwheat flour, and stir until thoroughly mixed.
- Add buffalo, cheese, and milk to the dry mixture, and knead with hands until all well combined.
- Split dough in half, place onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and form 2 meat-loaf shaped loaves, about 1 inch high.
- Press bacon pieces into the tops of the two loaves (be sure to firmly press them in or they will fall off while you are slicing the loaves).
- Bake for 20 minutes…remove loaves from oven and allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes
- Cut both loaves into slices.
- Place slices cut-side up onto parchment paper lined baking sheet, and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the slices are dry and crunchy. Flip slices over, and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until the slices feel dry and crunchy (SEE NOTE BELOW).
- Remove from oven and let slices cool on wire rack.
**NOTE: If your dog prefers softer treats, keep the second baking time around 10 minutes per side. If your dog prefers crunchier biscuits, increase the second baking time to 20-25 minutes per side, depending on how hard you would like the biscotti. You can also let the boscotti cool in the oven once you turn it off for an even harder treat.
YIELD: about 1-2 dozen, depending on how thick you cut your slices.
Store in refrigerator or freezer.
Loves cut into slices and ready for second bake time