Food strategies for seniors in home care.

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In caring for and feeding a senior in home care, you will probably purchase most baked goods (breads, crackers, cookies, cakes, and pies) rather than prepare them yourself. Even so, the ability to bake lets you create special fresh-from-the-oven treats to bring variety and even a little excitement to the table (not to mention wonderful aromas to the home).

Cake making, and bread baking, can be messy processes requiring a great deal of clean-up, but cookies and quick breads are usually much easier, and certainly tasty. Quick breads use leavening agents other than yeast. They tend to be…well…quick. A banana bread is a perfect example, cornbread another. In either case, you need to use two bowls, one for the dry ingredients, a second bowl for the wet ingredients. You combine the ingredients in each, mix dry and wet together, pour into a baking pan, bake, and clean up relatively few implements. Recipes for gluten free, sugar free, dairy-free, and low-fat quick breads are widely available.

Cookies are often simpler to make than even quick breads, even for people on restricted diets. With some cookie dough types, you can make a batch, freeze most, and produce your treats in manageable amounts.

The key to most baking is to follow the recipe and measure amounts exactly. Do not substitute ingredients (as you could well do with savory recipes). Pre-heat your oven. Follow recommended baking temperatures and times.