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The Best Welsh Cakes Recipe

Pice ar y Maen

It's that time of year again; Wales will celebrate its national day, St Davids Day, on March 1st. So, for all of our Cardiff walking tours customers who asked about making Welsh cakes, here is my favourite recipe. It's taken from an excellent book of Welsh recipes - "A Taste of Wales" by Theodora Fitzgibbon. I have made one minor change and slightly reduced the amount of butter.

Ingredients: 1lb plain flour, 1tsp baking powder, 8oz unsalted Welsh butter, 6oz caster sugar, a pinch of salt, 6oz mixed currants, raisins and sultanas, 1/2 tsp mixed spice, 1 egg, 3tbs milk.

Sift the flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl, add the salt and mix. Rub in the butter to make fine crumbs. Add the sugar, spice and fruit, and mix together. Add the beaten egg and enough milk to make a stiff dough the same consistency as short crust pastry. Roll out on a floured work top to about 1cm thick and cut into rounds about 6cm across with a cookie cutter. 

To cook the cakes you will need a bakestone, griddle or heavy, thick frying pan. Grease the pan very lightly and place it over a medium heat. When the pan has warmed up put some cakes on to cook for a few minutes until each is brown. The odd burnt cake does not matter; keep them for the connoisseurs!

Serve warm with good tea or coffee.

Happy St Davids day!