Welsh Cakes

It's fast approaching St. David's Day (1st March) and one of my favourite delicacies at this time of year are Welsh cakes. There's nothing better than chomping down on a homemade, soft, currant-ladened, spiced Welsh cake; even better if it's still warm and straight from the bakestone.

St. David's Day food

Ingredients:

  • 225g plain flour
  • 85g caster sugar
  • 1tsp mixed spice
  • ½tsp baking powder
  • 100g butter
  • 50g currants
  • 1 egg
  • splash of milk
  1. Sift the flour into a bowl and add the sugar, mixed spice and baking powder.
  2. Add the softened butter, cut into small cubes, and rub together to form a breadcrumb-like texture.
  3. Stir in the currants.
  4. Whisk the egg separately and then add into the mixture to bind it, adding a splash of milk where needed if the mixture is too dry.
  5. Roll onto a floured surface to a thickness of around 1cm.
  6. Use round cutters (approximately 2" in diameter) to cut out Welsh cakes from the mixture, this should make around 15 Welsh cakes.
  7. Cook on a hot bakestone for around 3-5 minutes on a medium heat on each side, taking care not to the burn them.
  8. Remove from the bakestone and place on a rack to cool, sprinkling sugar on while still warm.

Welsh Cakes for St. David's Day

Non-Welsh people often ask me what Welsh cakes are like; they're not a biscuit or cookie, and not really a cake. Similar to a scone in appearance, they are more moist and spiced. Really, you need to try one to understand their wonders!

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Comments

  1. says

    I am so glad you posted this recipe as I was planning to make these with my children next Sunday for St David's day but I had no idea how as we had never made them before! They look delicious :)

  2. says

    I've just realised that despite the fact I live in Wales I've never tried welsh cakes! These look delicious so I really should give them a try. Off to pin so I don't forget.

  3. says

    Oh wow, they look delicious. I'm not sure I've ever had Welsh Cake before. We might be spending a day in Wales in April so I will have to hunt some out x

    • TheBoyAndMe says

      I think you probably could, even though the recipes commonly call for a short cooking time quite high, I found it more effective to cook them slowly or they burnt badly.

  4. says

    We have just made some for the very first time using a pizza stone and a cooking time of 6 minutes in 180 oven! They are a little different but still divine. Thank you. I think my grandparents' recipe had more mixed spice in so we will experiment happily again for my mum's birthday tea at the weekend!

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