Gwladys Jones Welsh Cookies

4 Cups Flour

1 tsp Nutmeg

1/4 tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp Salt

1 and 1/2 Cups Sugar

1 Cup Currants

2 Eggs beaten

1 tsp Vanilla

1/4 cup plus 2 TB Milk if needed

1 Cup Shortening

Sift dry ingredients- Except sugar,

Cut in shortening like making pie dough.
Sugar and currents and mix.
Milk and eggs and vanilla, and form into a ball.
Roll dough 1/4″ thick.
Cook on moderate griddle until brown on both sides.
Coat with sugar before cooling on rack.
NOTE: This is a real Welsh Recipe from Great Grandpa Jones side of the family. Or maybe a family friend. I of course altered the recipe. I cream the sugar, eggs, and Crisco and then add the 1/4 cup milk and vanilla with an electric mixer. I add only 1 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp baking soda, this is the only ingredient change I made besides using raisins. Then I add to the flour mixture, and mix well . Then I toss the raisins or currants with a TB flour and add that last. If it’s too dry I add more milk. I like a wet dough because it sits in fridge overnight and will dry out a little.  Then I roll out between two 1/4″ think slats of wood on a pastry cloth, and cook on a griddle at 300-325 degrees approximately.

Low Sodium Bread for CKD Diet

Today I am making low sodium bread for my husband to eat. He has his new CKD diet to follow and I make the LoSo bread and low sodium hamburger rolls with 1/4 tsp of salt to each loaf of bread or batch of rolls. Here’s my recipe. Which I triple:

LoSo Bread

1 Cup Warm Water

1 Tb brown or table sugar plus one to proof the yeast

3 TB Olive Oil (The one to use in a CKD diet)

1 and 1/4 tsp Yeast

1/4 tsp Salt

Flour added until dough is no longer sticky and kneadable.

Proof yeast in the water with a tsp sugar for about 5 min. Then add the other ingredients. Slowly add 2 cups of flour and add the rest by 1/2 cups or handfuls until comes away from the side of the bowl. Then knead in the remaining flour until somewhat stiffer. If it’s too soft it falls in when rising and if too dry and stiff it doesn’t rise correctly. I just go by the feel. Then I wash the mixing bowl, dry it and oil spray the bowl and dough ball. I let it rise in fridge at least 2 hours until double in bulk.

Then punch down dough and form into a loaf. I knead out the air bubbles first, then shape into a loaf. Fork the dough all the way down to the bottom of the loaf pan in 3 rows before allowing to rise (grandma did this to pop any bubbles I suppose). Oil spray the dough and let rise, covered with a cotton cloth on the counter until double in size.

Bake 30 min approx. in 350-375 degree oven until dark brown and hollow sounds when loaf tapped on bottom. I have a “hot” electric oven. Meaning it must be turned down 25 or 30 degrees lower than the recipe calls for.

Let cool completely before slicing. I actually pre-slice my bread and freeze it 2-3 slices per sandwich bag. The low sodium content makes it go stale and mold up faster than my regular bread recipe. My husband lets it that before making a sandwich the same day. The extra olive oil helps keep the texture soft. Plus cooking and baking with olive oil is recommended by husband’s renal doc.

NOTE: I admit this bread tastes bland and doesn’t store well once thawed. I make and eat my own regular bread using 1 tsp salt per loaf. We don’t eat much store bought bread and when we do it. Meier’s Italian.




Coconut Cream Cookies — A Hundred Years Ago

Cookie season is here, and it’s time to start baking for the holidays. Of course, I just had to try a “new” hundred-year-old recipe. I selected a recipe for Coconut Cream Cookies that was in a small promotional cookbook published in 1911 for KC Baking Powder. The cookies are an old-fashioned soft, chewy cookie, with […]

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Peanut Butter Cookies From a Mix

Nearly every Tuesday my cousin hosts a tea party with dominoes after. Seeing as she is nearly 77 years old and has a hard time standing for long periods and I am a much younger nearly 58 year old I was elected to bake weekly for the party. Today I chose a Walmart GREAT VALUE brand peanut butter cookie mix. It makes two batches of 3 dozen each. I was skeptical but I mixed the egg with the 3 TB of veg. oil and 2 tsp water. I ended up using my hands to break up the lumps and mix it better. Well the dough tastes just like my homemade! How about that. I have it in the fridge getting cold, since I chill all of my cookie dough before baking on my two lightly oil sprayed airbake pans. I can only bake one tray at a time since my old hand me down oven only has one rack. But that’s fine I would do the same in my old gas oven. I usually remove the cookies from the hot pan about 5 minutes after taking it out of the oven and place them on my large cooling rack and then I place the next tray in the oven and set the timer. Then after removing the cookies from the tray I take it to the sink and wash it with cold water, dry it well and add another light coasting of oil spray. I prefer to bake on cold cookie sheets so the cookies don’t start pre-baking on the bottom. I hope these turn out well.

Reheating a Piece of Pie

I made a couple of apple pies over the weekend. I prefer to eat the leftovers warmed up but the microwave sogs up the crust. So today I placed the piece of pie on a small stainless steel baking tray, lightly sprayed with oil and heated it up in my counter top Oster Toaster/Convection/Broiler oven.  This was set at 400 degrees and I didn’t preheat it I baked it for about 10 minutes and let me say it crisped up the crust and warmed the filling perfectly. It tasted like the pie fresh out of the oven!

NOTE: I tried doing it again and I had to heat it longer. Next time it’s 425 degrees for 15 minutes.

Bread on the Rise!

I just finished kneading my second batch of bread. I’m using a different kind of yeast this time. In the past I’ve had 1 LB packages of Fleishman’s Instant Yeast, bought at SAM’S Club. I take out 8 Oz and double bag and freeze the rest, taking some out as I need it. Recently I sent my son the the local Maine’s Food and Party Warehouse.  I LOVE this store. I don’t go very often but I do save a lot of money on certain food items. I sent my son to pick up my familiar gold and red package of freeze dried yeast, but he came home with a two pound package of Fleishman’s Active Dry yeast in a white and black vacuumed packed brick.Imagine my surprise when I opened it up and got a whiff and looked at the larger darker yeast granules. Hey! They smell and are the color of the rectangular cornstarch cake yeast grandma used when she taught me how to make bread 42 years ago at age 16. Back then I would crumble the soft yeast into some very warm water and stir in a tsp of sugar to proof it. As time passed and the yeast bricks were harder to find I switched over to Fleishman’s dried yeast. I used 3 of those connected packages for 4-5 loaves of bread. That adds up to 6 and 3/4 tsp of yeast. Today I used 3 and 1/2 tsp of the new yeast to make 2 loaves of bread, then I repeated myself because I usually make two batches and bake all four at the same time. Then I allowed the dough to rise in the fridge for several hours while I catch up on my laundry and get a shower. I swear the slower cold rise bread is better tasting than room temperature raised bread although grandma never put her dough in the fridge! This dough even smells yeastier than the instant yeast, it smells like the old cake yeast.


Grandma gave me a huge white, enamel flat-bottomed bowl to mix and raise my bread in, but it got a chip in the bottom which turned to rust. Since then I use a few smaller stainless steel bowls and divide up the recipe.


The old star burst OvenEx pan on the left was bought at an estate sale. Grandma bought me 6 of the plain tin ones for a gift long before I was even married the first time at age 20.


Grandma taught me to poke the loaf of dough with a fork in three rows, clear to the bottom of the pan. I assume to get rid of air pockets.

KRUSTEAZ Cinnamon Swirl Crumb Cake & Muffin Mix (product rating)

I made this coffee cake/muffin mix the other day, and I admit to leaving them cool completely in the cupcake pans. I had placed the batter in the oil sprayed aluminum cupcake liners I had on hand. Then I portioned out 12 muffins. Since I baked them in my temperamental electric oven which might have gotten too hot they got a little dry and crispy on the outside, but I placed them in a cake pan with a lid and refrigerated them until they were served the next day at our weekly Tea Party and Dominoes. Here’s my take on the flavor: BITTERNESS in every bite from the baking powder in the mix, and a dry texture, due to no fat added while making it. I really didn’t like it. Last year I was given an old waffle maker and I bought some KRUSTEAZ Waffle Mix and it too had the BITTER taste in every bite. I ended up throwing the rest of the mix out! Seriously, I hated it that much! The one good thing about the recipe was the nice amount of pre-made streusel mix they supplied, if only the cakes were MOISTER and less bitter I would have enjoyed them! I would not buy this mix or make it again.

On the other hand their KRUSTEAZ Lemon Bar mix was tolerable! It wasn’t as good as my homemade lemon bars which have a thicker, more buttery crust, but I did enjoy them with my tea.