Monday, June 13, 2011

Ooh La La Peanut Butter Pie (For Dogs)

Today is our beautiful little girl (who just happens to be a dog)'s fourth birthday. We can't believe it has already been four years!! But at the same time, we can't even remember life before her!

So when her birthday comes around, she always gets a big special doggie treat. She doesn't eat any people food (aside from a couple fruits and vegetables that she loves), so something different is always special. Something that to her is "people food". Last year she got Carrot Muffins. This year Peanut Butter Pie. (Carrots and Peanut Butter are two of her favorite things!)

  ~ 1 1/2 cups of flour
  ~ 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  ~ 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  ~ 2 tablespoons cold water
  ~ 1 1/2 teaspoons flour
  ~ 1 cup milk (I used soy milk because that was all we had)
  ~ 2 egg yolks
  ~ 1 cup peanut butter
  ~ 1 tablespoon minced mint, plus whole-leaf mint for garnish (I omitted because I didn't have any)

1. Preheat oven to 450°.

2. In a medium bowl, combine flour and shortening until dough forms 1/4" balls. Sprinkle in cinnamon.

3. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of water at a time over mixture and gently toss with a fork until a crust forms into a ball. (The original recipe said 4-5 tablespoons, but I did 3 and it was too watery.. I had to add more flour.)

4. Flatten pastry ball on a lightly floured surface and roll to a 1/8" thickness.

5. If you want to make mini-pies, cut five 6" crust rounds and fit into 4" mini pie pans and trim excess. I made one large pie, in a regular sized pie pan. 

6. Bake 10-12 minutes and cool.

7. Place all filling ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

8. Pour into a saucepan and cook over medium heat until mixture thickens. Do not let mixture boil!!

9. Cool and pour into pie shell(s). Refrigerate until set.

10. Before serving, you could garnish with a bit of cream cheese and fresh mint.

Source: The Good Treats Cookbook for Dogs 

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