Saturday, September 25, 2010

Bertha's Biscuits

As you may know I have an English Bulldog named Bertha.  She is such a joy and an important part of our family.  And yes, she is named after the Grateful Dead's song "Bertha".  However, contrary to the lyrics of that song, she can come around here any time!

To level set, Bertha is not vegan. However, Bertha struggles sometimes with doggy breath that is less than desirable.  I started looking around for some biscuit recipes that would help "bust" her sometimes bad breath.  Since parsley seems to help with this I looked for recipes that either had parsley in them or could easily have parsley added.  I ended up with a recipe I found on the Organic Pet Digest.  While I am not sure yet if her breath is any better she clearly loves these biscuits.  Mind you, this is not a stretch as Bertha eats anything put in front of her!

Bertha's Biscuits

3 cups minced parsley
1/4 cup carrots, chopped very fine
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 3/4 cups whole wheat flour (I used organic) 
2 tablespoons bran ( I used unprocessed wheat bran)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup of water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a baking sheet (or two depending on size) with olive oil cooking spray.

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. In another smaller bowl mix parsley, carrots and oil. Add the veggie mix to the dry ingredients.  Gradually add water, mixing well. The batter should be moist but not wet. If needed, add  more water. Knead for one minute.

Roll dough  on a floured surface to a 1/2 inch thickness. Using a cookie cutter (I used a dog biscuit shape) to cut out the biscuits. Place them on the greased baking sheet. Gather scraps, re-roll and cut until all the batter has been used.

Bake for 20-30 minutes until biscuits have browned and hardened slightly. (They will harden more as they cool.) Transfer biscuits to a wire rack. Once cooled store in airtight tin.


  1. Thank you for the great recipe! I couldn't but to make/share and post these!

    AJ Flanatical