Thursday, April 29, 2010

Buttermilk Snacks (that should be called chicken liver snacks) for Patches

Hi there!! Long time no write. :} I haven't posted anything since the 20th?! Well, maybe that will change. My hours at Starbucks have dropped off. I was working about 30 hours a week, and this week I only have 20 hours. Next week that number drops to 16 hours. While I will miss the extra wages, it will be nice to be home a few more evenings. I know the hubby likes having me home. He doesn't have to fix his own dinner.

Tonight, since I got home somewhat early from cleaning houses and didn't have to work at Starbucks, I decided to make Patches another kind of biscuit from "Baking for your Dog".  This is the first recipe I have baked that had a type of meat in it. These had chicken livers as one of the ingredients. Excuse me while I shudder. Eeewww. Chicken liver. Actually, any kind of liver will make me shudder. When I was growing up, Mom made liver for dinner every other week or so. I never liked it (I think it's a texture thing) and remember sitting at the table, for hours it seemed, until I cleaned my plate. I would cut the liver into teeny tiny pieces and "hide" it in my mashed potatoes to try and get it down. I would hold my nose, I would try and swallow the pieces without chewing them, and, when we had a dog, the dog would help. :) I still hate liver. Eeewww!

Anyway, for my dog, I decided to buy some chicken livers and make these "Buttermilk Snacks". Not sure why these are called Buttermilk Snacks and not Chicken Liver snacks or even just Liver Snacks. There is some buttermilk in the recipe, but not much compared to the amount of liver. But, I digress. Four simple ingredients. Mix them up to make a dough, let it rest, roll it out, cut out biscuits, bake and give to your dog, after they have cooled of course. :) Patches loved them. The hubby thought she wouldn't, because he tried to give her a tiny piece of the unbaked dough, and she turned her nose up to it. But, I had faith. She didn't like several of the other biscuits in dough form either. But, after they were baked? She couldn't get enough of them. Same thing this time. :) If you have a dog, try these. Your dog will thank you.

Buttermilk Biscuits
from "Baking for your Dog"

250 g (9 oz) chicken livers
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
100 ml (3 fl. oz) buttermilk
251 g (9 oz) wholegrain flour

Chop the liver very finely (use a food processor or meat grinder) then stir in the sunflower oil and buttermilk. Add the flour and knead all the ingredients together to make a smooth dough. Cover the dough and let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes

Line a baking sheet with baking parchment.

On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1 cm (1/2 inch) thick. Use biscuit cutter-any shape you like- to cut out shapes. Place the biscuits on the baking sheet.

Bake the snacks at 180 degrees C (350 degrees F) for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the biscuits dry in the oven for another hour. Store in a biscuit tin. The snacks will keep for about 2 weeks. 



  1. HI, Susan: I've missed your posts! Nice that you will be home more!

    Not sure I could make these, chicken livers....eweeeeeewwwwwwwwwwww!!

    I signed up for the second series of cake decorating classes starting next week. :)

  2. Glad to see you back, I too have missed you posts. Yuck on liver beef for the same reasons you mentioned. However, I have had chicken liver pate that was quite good. It has a much more mild flavor than beef. Lola might enjoy the biscuits, thanks for the recipe.

  3. Oh, yeah, thinking Pippin & Vash would be very appreciative of, if I can just work up the nerve to work with chicken livers...they could have a nice treat!

  4. Susan, you're brave to cook with chicken livers. Patches is a very lucky dog. I hope you enjoy your free time this week!

  5. Hi Susan! You're so sweet to make such wonderful treats for Patches! I've actually never had liver but it doesn't sound appetizing so I can definitely understand why it wasn't a favorite as a kid :) Hope you enjoy the extra time at home - you deserve it.


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