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Welsh Cakes

Welsh cakes (Welsh: picau ar y maen, pice bach, cacen gri or teisen radell) are traditional Welsh snacks.I made a batch yesterday as my daughter is returning to uni today and she always takes a batch of these with her.

Welshcakes can be traced back in time to one of the earliest forms of baking, where a flatstone, or bakestone, would be placed onto an open fire. This stone was then used as the cooking surface for the Welshcakes. The Welshcake mixture would be placed onto the stone and cooked first on one side and then turned to complete the cooking.

Welsh cakes


225g/8oz self-raising flour, sieved
110g/4oz (preferably Welsh) salted butter
1 egg
handful of sultanas
milk, if needed
85g/3oz caster sugar
extra butter, for greasing

Preparation method
1. Rub the fat into the sieved flour to make breadcrumbs. Add the sugar, dried fruit and then the egg. Mix to combine, then form a ball of dough, using a splash of milk if needed.

2. Roll out the pastry until it is a 5mm/¼in thick and cut into rounds with a 7.5-10cm/3-4in fluted cutter.

3. You now need a bakestone or a heavy frying pan. Rub it with butter and wipe the excess away. Put it on to a direct heat and wait until it heats up, place the Welsh cakes on the griddle, turning once. They
need about 2-3 minutes each side. Each side needs to be caramel brown before turning although some people I know like them almost burnt.

4. Remove from the pan and dust with caster sugar while still warm.
jet28 Delicious!
jet28 · 2011-01-16: 04:54
????? Wow! What a great looking cake!
????? · 2011-01-16: 05:12
Ryana Looks very yummy!!!
Ryana · 2011-01-16: 05:23
Eiram They look great!! Thank you for the recipe, I will definitely try it!!!
Eiram · 2011-01-16: 05:52
miltonjacob they look great. lovely shot too
miltonjacob · 2011-01-16: 06:17
????? Looks good -- aren't they the same as scones?
????? · 2011-01-16: 06:53
finbarr Cakes looks so good !!
finbarr · 2011-01-16: 10:25
onlyricky they look good :)
as i tell everyone that put recipes, if someday i dare to cook i'll do all these wonderful recipes:)
onlyricky · 2011-01-16: 10:37
marilynx Feeling parents lived near Builth Wells when they retired from business...she taught me to make Welsh cakes!
marilynx · 2011-01-16: 12:24
Kovac Mmmmm... they look very tasty :D
Kovac · 2011-01-16: 12:27
jlmphotos Yummy. Delicious looking!
jlmphotos · 2011-01-16: 12:27
joycephotography Makes me hungry.
joycephotography · 2011-01-16: 12:57
????? Wow...
These look delicious!
For the moment it's forbbiden to me...
????? · 2011-01-16: 12:58
????? Looks yummy Kate! 2 questions:
1) what is sultana
2) what is caster sugar?
????? · 2011-01-16: 13:42
noptek Very interesting post and they look so good
noptek · 2011-01-16: 15:53
lookagain Ohhh....wonderful shot, those look so yummy!!!
lookagain · 2011-01-16: 19:29
darfoster Yumm! They look wonderful!
darfoster · 2011-01-16: 20:36
NellyBly how was a lot harder to cook in the old days..they look delicious
NellyBly · 2011-01-16: 21:02
????? they look delicious, thanks for the recipe!
????? · 2011-01-16: 23:35
Riyaz Too lazy to make them, can you send some please, lol- Nice one!
Riyaz · 2011-01-17: 04:45
Copdawoot yum yum! :))
Copdawoot · 2011-01-17: 07:38
djnana I looked at your "mud" post, but this one looked tastier, so I'm commenting on it!! Your photo really shows the color and textures of the cakes. Thanks for the story and the recipe - I'm gong to try it!! I use a baking stone all the time.
djnana · 2011-01-17: 10:28
tomie thaks to share! looks delicious!
tomie · 2011-01-17: 21:47
girafferacing Oh my, I love welsh cakes! I can't find anywhere round here that sells them so I might just give your recipe a try! :-)
girafferacing · 2011-01-18: 16:16
SADHYA I can imagine the wonderful smell in your kitchen, and the blue haze in the air (unless you had the extractor fan on).
SADHYA · 2011-01-21: 11:24
????? Hmmmm, sounds yummy enough for me :-)
????? · 2011-01-23: 06:37
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