The bakery is serving up a slew of new savories for fall

By People Staff
Updated October 08, 2010 12:00 AM
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As a professional chef, Mary Morabito knows what satisfies hungry customers. So it was easy to apply those same basic cooking principles to pets when she opened her Healthy Hound Bakery about five and a half years ago.

Born of her love for pup Audrey – who lost 6 lbs. in six weeks after switching from store-bought to home-baked treats – Morabito’s online bakery offers fun twists on bagel bites, pizza slices and more. Customized birthday (and wedding!) cakes are super-popular, and holiday treats fly off the virtual shelves.

Since Morabito doesn’t have a storefront, she does all of her baking from a separate, pet-specific kitchen in her home. Audrey (and her four-legged friends) serves as chief taste-tester, trying every snack before it hits the market. And Morabito’s 16-year-old son even offers input sometimes, as well. “If his friends are here and I’m making pizza or bagel bites, they’ll come in and eat them. I have to shoo them out,” she laughs.

Want to try one of the Healthy Hound’s good-enough-to-eat treats for yourself? Click below for a special fall recipe!

Autumn Apple-Pumpkin Pupcakes

4 cups whole-wheat flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups water or apple cider
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 egg
4 Tbsp. honey
1 cup diced apples

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix the wet ingredients in a bowl, then fold in the dry ingredients and apples.
Drop spoonfuls of the mixture into greased muffin trays. (Morabito uses mini-muffin pans; feel free to use the standard size for larger dogs.)
Bake them at 350 degrees F for about 20 to 25 minutes, until they’re firm.
The pupcakes will stay good in the refrigerator for a few days, and freeze well, too.