Welsh Cakes

P1060896 (640x481)Happy St. David’s Day!

Who? What?
You may be wondering.
I don’t know if it is known or celebrated in other side of world or anywhere else in the world, but it’s 1st of March, Wales’ national holiday, with St. David as the saint of Wales.

I am not living in Wales, so we don’t do St. David’s Day. We do St.Patrick’s day on 17th March.
But why not?

I usually like any festivals, my own culture or not.
And I have been to St. David, a small city at the edge of south Wales, camping and walking around the beautiful coast line with my husband. It was such a lovely holiday.

Also, why not celebrate St. David’s day when I got this baking stone which many people buying only to make their Welsh Cakes.

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(image from kitchen craft website)

Kitchen Craft Baking Stone (from kitchencraft.co.uk)

I got this to bake my hard bread and pizza in the oven. It can go into oven or used on top of cooker. (cast iron, so you might need to be careful not to damage the cooker top if you have electric one with glass top. I use on top of gas cooker.)

The baking stone even came with Welsh cake recipe at the back of box.
So, I used that recipe, with a bit of alteration to suit me.

Recipe   (I don’t do recipe on blog often, and when I do, it is very simple)

250g self-raising flour (or plain flour + 1 and half tsp baking powder)
75g butter
a pinch of salt
75g caster sugar
1tsp mixed spice
75g currents
1 egg
3tbs milk
some oil to grease the stone

1. Rub the butter into flour, as if you are making scone, till it becomes like fine breadcrumb.

2. Mix other dry ingredients.

3. Add liquid in, mix to form soft dough.

4. Till now, it is like making scone. Roll the dough on floured surface to about 1-1.5cm thick.  Thinner than usual scone. Cut with round cutter.

5. Put stone on the cooker, heat it up. oil slightly, and cook cakes on both side. I found that low heat works best for me at my cooker. Medium heat was too hot and burned some cake!

6. Eat warm with butter.

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roll and cut like this,

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on to the stone,

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Flip and cook other side,

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Ta darr! hot hot hot and yum yum yum!

It’s sweeter than usual raisin scone, so it’s best eat just as it  is with butter.
if you don’t have those flat baking stone, you can use frying pan.

I am sure that my Welsh cake cannot be in the competition with any Welsh family’s traditional ones, but my boys loved it at breakfast and it made a wonderful start of the weekend.

(March 2013)

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8 thoughts on “Welsh Cakes

    1. Oh, that’s interesting! I didn’t know mixed spice was UK thing. Mixed spice is mostly cinnamon, and a bit of nutmeg, and allspice mixed together. Apparently, it is similar to ‘pumpkin spice’ in US, according to Wikipedia. Do you have that?
      Caster sugar is white fine sugar you use for baking cake. (superfine sugar in US, also according to Wiki) I used cane caster which was slightly yellow-ish, and tasted yum.

  1. Who? What? LOL…. We do St. Patrick’s Day, too, but why not? These look great. I’ve had them before but never made them. I’ve made scones dozens of time, however. So, these shouldn’t be too hard for me to make, you think?

  2. Oh, yes, Angie. It was easy to make if you made scone before. It’s richer with more butter and sugar, and you need to cook it on griddle or pan, so roll it thinner than you do for scones. It’s definitely nicer eaten hot, straight from griddle, so worth making at home.

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