Our house has been the House Of Sinus Unwellness for the last three days. My antibiotics seem to be working. Today The Labradors went for a walk and I managed not to sleep all day. Peri and Gilly are such good nurses that I decided to bake them some of their favourite Pumpkin Slice.
I did try very hard to take a photograph of them eating the Pumpkin Slice, but their mouths work at twice the speed of light. Then there were just pictures of sad dogs, who wanted MORE Pumpkin Slice!!!
I have decided it is easier to make a slice and cut it up, rather than bake individual biscuits. There are lots of great recipes for biscuits with peanut butter too. Peri shouldn't have peanut butter, so I add a tablespoon of Leatherwood honey. Any honey or peanut butter would do. I sometimes add oats, other left over cooked vegetables or parsley, as I did today. I used spelt flour because I had some, but wholemeal or rye is good too.
I baked this in a slice tin, 20 x 30cm, but it can be spread thinly in a much larger tray.
Rafa's dad asked what the slice tasted like, and it basically tastes of pumpkin and a little honey. I know this because I ate some.
I cut the slice into small pieces and keep it in the refrigerator in an airtight container. I put some into a little ziplock bag when we go for a walk and all the dogs know it is in my pocket!!
Pumpkin Slice For Labradors makes lots and lots of treats
- 1- 1.5kg butternut pumpkin
- 3 eggs
- 1 tbspn (20ml) honey or peanut butter
- 2 1/2 cups plain flour- spelt, wholemeal etc
- 1 tspn baking powder
I prefer to cook a whole pumpkin because I am not confident I can slice one up without doing myself a serious knife injury. The pumpkin was 1.5kg and it took almost 90 minutes at 180*C. I usually put the pumpkin in the oven when I am baking something else and I'm not too fussy about the temperature or the time.
I do like to prick it all over with a knife, so it doesn't explode. I don't know if it would, but it never has when I do put tiny holes all over. You can, of course, use half a pumpkin or pieces you can carefully cut up. The pumpkin is ready when a knife slips easily through the skin and flesh.
This pumpkin yielded about 800g when cooked, I discard the seeds, but I leave the skin on. Cut the pumpkin into small pieces, and place into the mix-master bowl.
Add 3 eggs and a tablespoon of honey or peanut butter. Turn the speed onto the lowest setting, and mix until the ingredients are just combined. Whisk on medium for a minute or two until the batter is paler and smooth. Add the flour and baking powder, mix on low and then increase to medium and beat until everything is well combined.
Grease and line a slice tin, add any extras to the batter and then spoon into the tin and smooth the top.
Bake for 45-60 minutes at 180*C. It is cooked when a skewer poked into the centre comes out clean. It will be slightly browned at the edges and a little crisp on top. Remove from the tin and allow to cool.
Cut into slices or pieces and then feed to The Labradors: they don't really want to share!! This is quite a healthy slice, being mostly pumpkin and spelt flour. There is really not much honey and the eggs are very good for The Labradors' coats. This is their very favourite thing, and I scraped the leftovers out of the mixing bowl and they ate it all up!!!