Welsh cakes

Welsh cakes

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(56 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 6 mins

Easy

Makes 16
Pice ar y maen, a Welsh teatime treat passed on through generations and still as popular as ever. Perfect for making with the children

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per cake

  • kcal138
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs20g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre9g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.13g
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Ingredients

  • 225g plain flour
  • 85g caster sugar
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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  • 50g butter, cut into small pieces
    Butter

    Butter

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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 50g lard, cut into small pieces, plus extra for frying
  • 50g currant
  • 1 egg, beaten
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

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  • splash milk

    Milk

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    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

Method

  1. Tip the flour, sugar, mixed spice, baking powder and a pinch of salt into a bowl. Then, with your fingers, rub in the butter and lard until crumbly. Mix in the currants. Work the egg into the mixture until you have soft dough, adding a splash of milk if it seems a little dry – it should be the same consistency as shortcrust pastry.

  2. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface to the thickness of your little finger. Cut out rounds using a 6cm cutter, re-rolling any trimmings. Grease a flat griddle pan or heavy frying pan with lard, and place over a medium heat. Cook the Welsh cakes in batches, for about 3 mins each side, until golden brown, crisp and cooked through. Delicious served warm with butter and jam, or simply sprinkled with caster sugar. Cakes will stay fresh in a tin for 1 week.

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jackykelly
19th Mar, 2011
5.05
Love these - so easy to make and delicious to eat. Don't know whether they really keep for a week as they don't last long enough in my house.
toddypoos
17th Mar, 2011
5.05
Have just made these for the first time for my welsh boyfriend - hope he comes home soon, else I will have eaten them all ! Absolutely gorgeous and very simple to make - Thanks
juliebahrain
10th Mar, 2011
5.05
Made mine using all butter - absolutely great!
kathmedwards
5th Mar, 2011
5.05
Best thing I've ever had with a cup of tea. Easy peasy.
meganpettinger
3rd Mar, 2011
Made these exactly as per the recipe...well what can I say, absolutely gorgeous!! The kids weren't interested whilst I was making them, but happily polished them off once cooked!
jellicoe
3rd Mar, 2011
4.05
Not quite the same as my granny's but I'm very pleased with the batch I made as it's my first attempt. Doubled the mixture because I knew my daughters would wolf them down. My 3 year old has informed me they are "yummy scrummy" which is her highest praise. Thanks to Good Food I am now Super Mum! As an added bonus, I've had a lovely trip down memory lane, re-living rubbing in flour and butter/lard at my granny's knee and the welsh cakes themselves are lovely.
lagalloise
2nd Mar, 2011
Wonderful to find these here! Is there anybody Welsh out there who remembers 'butterscotch tart' from school dinners? My mum made it for Bryn Offa secondary school in Wrexham and I've been looking for the recipe ever since! She died without writing it down for me! It was wonderful, just as all welsh traditions are! Cymru am Byth from me to all welsh folks here!
rockcakeswales
1st Mar, 2011
dydd gwly dewi i pawb/Happy St Davids day all.... These are a must house full of daffodils,spring is in the air. Welshcakes wafting the kitchen kettle on for when the men get home from work..... Proud to be WELSH ...
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fionablandford
28th Feb, 2011
5.05
These are yum! just made a match ready for work tomorrow for St Davids day and they are so good i'm about to make some more! I used normal frying pan as that was all i had.
1559florence
18th Feb, 2011
i made these today for the first time, i used 100g of butter instead of lard they were delicious i will definately use this recipe again.

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