Perhaps as popular as this year’s Super Bowl is the annual Puppy Bowl. If you’re looking for this year’s Puppy Bowl or the Kitty Halftime Show, you can watch them online at Animal Planet. There you can also catch the Puppy Bowl highlights here. There are the top 10 Puppy Bowl moments caught on video, and a peek behind the scenes. If you’re watching Puppy Bowl, chances are you love dogs. If you have one of your own, you’ll also love making homemade treats for your pup – and they’ll love you even more for it. These crunchy pretzels are perfect for Super Bowl snacking – feel free to experiment with various whole grain flours, such as rye, buckwheat, oat and quinoa; each have their own unique nutritional profile and are high in fiber. A spoonful of ground flaxseed will boost fiber as well as omega 3 fatty acids.
Puppy Bowl Pretzels
2 1/2 cups (625 mL) whole wheat flour
1/4 cup (60 mL) skim milk powder
1/4 cup (60 mL) grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. (5 mL) baking powder
1 cup (250 mL) chicken or beef stock, or water
2 Tbsp. (30 mL) canola, olive or flax oil
sesame seeds, for sprinkling (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a large bowl, combine flour, skim milk powder, Parmesan cheese and baking powder. Add the chicken stock and oil and stir until the dough comes together; turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times, then cover with a towel and let rest for about 15 minutes.
Pinch off pieces of dough about the size of a walnut, roll into thin ropes and shape the ropes into pretzels, pressing the ends to seal. You can make pretzels as big or small as you like to suit the size of your dog, but increase the baking time accordingly. If you like, brush a little water over the tops of the pretzels and sprinkle them with sesame seeds.
Bake for about 20 minutes, until firm. Turn off the oven, leaving the pretzels inside as it cools to allow them to harden further. Store in a tightly sealed container.
Makes about 1 1/2 dozen pretzels.