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Welsh Cakes

  • Posted Jan. 17, 2011 by Kate Viewed 3437 times

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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.

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    • # Sadhya Rippon

      I can imagine the wonderful smell in your kitchen, and the blue haze in the air (unless you had the extractor fan on).

      2011.01.21 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Helen

      Oh my, I [i]love [/i]welsh cakes! I can't find anywhere round here that sells them so I might just give your recipe a try! :-)

      2011.01.18 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Brenda Nelson

      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.

      2011.01.17 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Riaz

      Too lazy to make them, can you send some please, lol- Nice one!

      2011.01.17 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Sara G

      how interesting..it was a lot harder to cook in the old days..they look delicious

      2011.01.17 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Marilyn Grimble

      Feeling nostalgic...my parents lived near Builth Wells when they retired from business...she taught me to make Welsh cakes!

      2011.01.16 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Ricardo

      they look good :)
      as i tell everyone that put recipes, if someday i dare to cook i'll do all these wonderful recipes:)

      2011.01.16 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Eiram

      They look great!! Thank you for the recipe, I will definitely try it!!!

      2011.01.16 Edited Reply Cancel