Sunday, April 8, 2012

Urban Hounds Easter


Picture of Ping in her Bonnet Easter 2009, from the pug archives

Bob Easter 2011

Norbert Easter 2011

Tubby Easter 2011

and of course breakfast!

 This year for breakfast the Hounds had an Egg Salad kibble topper.  Eggs are a great source of protein for dogs and the Whole Dog Journal recommends them as a people food to add to your dogs kibble to give it a nutritional boost.

Egg Salad Kibble Toppler

6-8 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1/2 cup baby carrots diced fine
1 cup chopped watercress or green pea tendrils, I used Mr McGregor's
1 12 ounce box Cascadian Farms frozen green peas
1 cup plain whole milk yogurt

Stir all of the ingredients together and spoon a little bit on top of your dogs kibble.

The peeps had Pecan Maple Sticky Buns, this recipe was mom's first experience with making a yeast dough and had her working for two days but it came out great.

Pecan Maple Sticky Buns from Bon Appetite

Sweet Dough

  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 5 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (from one 1/4-ounce envelope)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces, room temperature, plus 1/2 tablespoon, melted
Heat milk in the microwave for about 20 second until it reaches the temperature of 110-115 degrees Farenheit, as measured by an instant read thermometer.  Stir in 1 tsp of sugar and sprinkle the yeast over.  Set aside for five minutes so the yeast has a change to foam up.  Add the eggs and whisk until smooth.

In the large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook combine the sugar, flour, and salt.  Add the milk mixture.  With the mixer running at medium speed add the soft butter 1 tbsp at a time.  Mix for a few minutes after each addition until the butter is entirely incorporated.   Turn the mixer up to medium high and mix one minute.   Turn down to medium and mix or knead for five minutes.  Dough should be sticky and elastic, but not all greasy.

Brush a large metal bowl with the melted butter and place the dough in the bowl.  Brush the top of the dough with more melted butter.   Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate over night (I had mine in the fridge for about 16 hours and the buns where fine).

The dough will look like this at stage 1


  • 1 3/4 cups chopped pecans (about 8 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat oven to 350 and toast the pecans, stirring frequently, for 8-12 minutes until golden brown.  Set aside to cool.

Melt the butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat and stir in the sugar, cream, maple syrup and salt.  Stir until completely combined.  Bring the mixture to a boil and then lower the heat and simmer for five minutes.  Set glaze aside. 

Cinnamon Filling

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
Beat the butter,sugar, spices and salt in a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment at medium high speed until very creamy, about five minutes. 

1 egg
1 tbsp water
flour for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 350

Pour 1 cup of the topping/glaze into an 8x8x 2 inch metal baking pan and tilt to ensure the glaze covers the entire surface.  Sprinkle over 1/2 cup pecans.  Set the remaining glaze aside.

Flour a wooden cutting board.  Take the dough out of the fridge, punch down, and place on the cutting board.  Sprinkle the dough with a little flour.  Roll the dough out into a rectangle about 12x16 inches.   Flour the rolling pin if necessary.  Spread the filling all over the dough leaving a one inch filling free border.   Sprinkle with 3/4 cup of pecans.  
 It will look like this:

 Turn the cutting board, if necessary, so that one of the long sides of the dough rectangle is facing you.  Roll up to make a fat cigar, keeping the roll tight.  Pinch and pat to close the seam.  

Turn the dough roll so that the seem side is down.  Cut in 8 pieces using a sharp knife.   Place the cut rolls cut side up in the glaze lined pan and give each a gently pat.   Make sure the buns don't touch in the pan.

Whisk the egg with the water in a small bowl and brush each bun with the egg wash. 
 Cover loosely in plastic wrap and let rise one hour (you can also refrigerate the buns at this point) and let them rise for 2 hours in the morning.

Bake for 50 minutes, turning half way through.  Watch closely and tent with foil if they brown too quickly.  Take them out of the oven and let them sit for five minutes.  Then drizzle over the remaining glaze and sprinkle the last of the pecans on top.

The result!  Yum

 After breakfast we took a nice walk in the Van Horst Park in down town Jersey City.  We saw beautiful pink flowers that reminded us of Payton, we miss her so much and feel so badly for her mom and dad and grandparents but we are so greatful that she beat the PDE monster and lived with that dreaded disease for years.   Our friend Winston has the wonderful idea of planting pink flowers in Payton's memory so please consider doing so.  We don't have a garden so we took some pictures of pink flowers instead.

The adorable bunny hat and knitted Easter collars are from All You Need is Pug on Etsy

When we got home it was time for the Easter Basket, this year's basket was even better then last years.

Tubby and Ping got new sweater vests from Archie' mom's store Pug Notes.

   We love her sweater vests and where especially touched that the tag on one of the sweater vests was a picture of our angel sister Dr. Zira, Z loved pug notes sweater vets.   I think you will agree that we look amazing in our new vests

Norbert and Bob got some fun toys in the basket.   A new bunny

And of course we got a bag of treats:

We had a wonderful Easter and we hope you did too!


  1. Happy Easter!!! Glad we're not the only one's with the bunny ears!!!

  2. That kibble topper seems easy enough to make, I think we can do that! And those sticky buns look delicious! I hope you all have a fantastic day!!

  3. Happy Happy Easter to all of you!

    Oh what a magical day you are having filled with love food and fun!

    Thank you for making us a part of your clebration!

    We love you!

    melissa & archie

  4. Ping is such a pretty girl in her Easter dress and bonnet. Bob, I had no idea the Easter bunny had fangs....Awww, don't worry I think your cute!

    That Egg Baby sure looks like a lot of fun. Do you like those kind of hide and seek interactive toys? We love them.

    I think Mom dropped the ball this year we haven't even done our Easter egg hunt yet. All we gots was 2 walks.

    Happy Easter,

  5. Awwww everyone has become such cute Easter bunnies :-) I wish you a very happy Easter!!

  6. Looks like you all had an awesome Easter!

  7. I love Tubby and Pings sweater vests! How beautiful they are! I think you two are perfect models! What a fun day you had. I wish I could have spent it with all of YOU, cause you had lots of goodies and food and stuff.
    All your sweet faces made my heart SING!
    Happy Easter!

  8. Happy Eastew to all of you sweeties
    Tubby and Ping look smashing in theiw new vests and I loved youw eastew baskets and all the photos of bonnets and eaws.
    That foods looked incwwedibully delicious
    thank you fow the wecipes.

    I don't have a gawden eithew, but will be looking fow pink flowews
    smoochie kisses

  9. You all look great in your Easter apparel! I especially like Tubby's rabbit ear hat - hilarious! Hope you guys had a Happy Easter!


  10. Happy Belated Easter!!!