Today I'll be making a mini, dog-friendly version of a very popular Singapore treat: the Pork Floss Bun! It rose to fame after BreadTalk marketed it (I'm not sure whether they're the original creators) and has been a hit for ages.
As we all know, dogs can't eat bread (yeast) and copious amounts of baking soda so I didn't use any leavening agents in this recipe. After all, no dog is gonna complain about bread not being fluffy enough right?! Haha.
The ingredients list is simple, and the recipe is very straightforward so even if you're new to baking, this will be a breeze to do!
Before I begin, I would like to mention that I was kindly given this pack of Stella & Chewy's by the team from ShopYbf (it's meant for Hoovy to try). You can pre-order yours by clicking HERE! This is NOT a paid advertorial. I decided to go ahead and make a recipe out of it anyway because I'm pretty pleased with the product :) More about that below!
Makes 6 mini buns (sufficient for 6 small dogs)
1/2 cup flour*
Approx 2 tbsp milk** (enough for dough to come together)
*I used brown rice flour. You can use oat flour, garbanzo flour, pretty much any flour your dog isn't allergic to.
*You can substitute milk with water or broth.
Leftover egg (see tutorial) with 1 tsp water
1 scoop Stella & Chewy's (I used the scoop provided)
2 tbsp plain yoghurt (or honey or watered-down cream cheese)
*This recipe is NOT intended for commercial purposes. When reposting this recipe on blogs or other online platforms, kindly credit Feed My Paws. For commercial printing, kindly email firstname.lastname@example.org
So, why did I decide to do a recipe using Stella & Chewy's?
I'm really particular about what the boys eat. To me, meat is very essential in a dog's diet and I always look for quality protein on the ingredients list. The first ingredient should always be protein. That being said, another important point I look out for is the amount of fat. Stella & Chewy's has an average of min 28% fat (and min 48% protein, yay!) before rehydration, compared to other brands with an average of min 35% fat or more. A diet that's high in fat will lead to obesity and other health complications- that's a big NO-NO for the boys!! Heart problems, joint issues, breathing problems, no thanks.
Also, I really like the idea that ALL the proteins used are either cage-free, grass-fed, or wild-caught. These animals are kept in a better environment, have access to sunlight and fresh air, and it is a significantly more ethical way to farm meat.
You can find out more about the other benefits of the production of Stella and Chewy's by clicking HERE.
At the end of the day, it's important to me that my boys eat a balanced diet, and if they're having commercial food, it shouldn't contain ingredients that are detrimental to their health in the long run. For my dogs, a commercial diet is something they eat only when I'm too busy to prepare a home cooked meal for them. Regardless of what commercial diet your dog is on, it is ALWAYS important to add fresh vegetables whenever you can. Trust me, it makes a huge difference to add fresh food :)
That being said, I would just like to repeat that I wasn't paid to promote Stella & Chewy's and all opinions mentioned on this blog are my own.