Welsh cakes

Welsh cakes

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(81 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 6 mins


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

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  • 50g butter, cut into small pieces



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

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



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  • splash milk



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  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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6th Jun, 2008
Made these on a wet afternoon, a request from my husband who is welsh," make me some welsh cakes like my mum use to do, please"how could I refuse, bit worrying being compared with his mum's cakes.... but no probs. PERFECT!!!! made 15, and he ate 9!!!! So scrummy he couldn't stop eating them.
28th Mar, 2008
don't make these whilst you are doing something else! they can catch easily if you are not watching. lovely things though!
7th Mar, 2008
When making these the mixture seemed far too dry even after I added some milk. In hindsight, I was mixing with a spoon, only when I got in there with my hands did the fats start binding to the flour etc. They were nice, but I think they'll be better when I remake them, kneading by hand and without the milk.
4th Mar, 2008
I've made Welsh cakes before and they've been ok but these were absolutely delicious and the best I have ever tasted. I will definitely be keeping this recipe to use again.
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2nd Mar, 2008
Not a great recipe,no measurement for the mixed spice or baking powder,would be better off using self raising flour,as a welsh valleys girl no welsh cake recipe is the same,i add mixed spice to the dredging sugar it not so overpowering,these have got to be our family favorite.
1st Mar, 2008
These were simple to make but tasted fantastic.the children loved them spread with butter or honey.we had to stop my 6yr old after eating 9!!would definatley recommend them,ideal for Sunday breakfast.


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