Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!
The day beloved by Welsh people everywhere, St. David’s day is a day to celebrate!
And with Lamb Cawl, Bara Brith, Crempogs, Laverbread, Welsh Rarebit and Glamorgan sausages, you could easily celebrate by eating your way through a delicious variety of national dishes… but what better to celebrate with then cake!
Welsh Cakes however are not really cakes in the traditional sense… being cooked in a heavy pan or griddle they are more of a cross between a pancake and a biscuit. Don’t be fooled though, though they may not sound that exciting, they are dangerously moreish, and also incredibly simple to make. In fact, you will probably have all the ingredients necessary already in your cupboards and fridge.
125g diced cold unsalted butter
250g self raising flour
75g caster sugar (plus more for sprinkling)
¼ tsp ground mixed spice
1 beaten egg
You will need:
A round fluted edged cutter, approximately 7cm
A heavy frying pan or smooth griddle
Sift the flour into the mixing bowl, add the butter and rub/mix until it resembles damp sand
Stir in the sugar, mixed spice and sultanas
Add the beaten egg slowly until the dough comes together
Scoop out the dough onto clingfilm, flatten down, wrap fully and chill for 30 minutes
Once ready, roll out onto a floured surface to approximately 1cm and cut out discs with the cutter
Preheat your unoiled pan, get a plate ready for caster sugar sprinkling and also a cooling rack
Cook in batches for approximately 3 minutes either side until golden brown
Transfer to the plate and sprinkle both sides with caster sugar then place on wire rack to cool
Try very hard not to eat them all at once…
Makes between 15 – 20 depending on the size of your cutter