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#1 Sat 27 Feb 10 12:33pm

mummza

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WELSH CAKES for St Davids Day , Ist March

Saint David's Day will soon be upon us and many people here in Wales will be busy making Welsh Cakes this weekend .
The recipe that I posted on foodwise is one that I have been using for many years and always gives good results.
I thought I would post in here also in case anyone was wanting to make Welsh Cakes this weekend and looking for a recipe.
There is a picture on foodwise that shows you what the Welsh Cakes look like.
The photo shows 3 stages ...uncooked Welsh cakes on the board, The bakestone with the cooking Welsh cakes ( which I removed from the stove top for the photo !) and the cooked Welsh Cakes that I had cooked and piled on a wire rack.

http://www.jamieoliver.com/foodwise/art … hp?id=2125


Welsh Cakes , Pic ar y maen

Ingredients
9 oz / 250g plain flour............................all purpose
3 and a half oz / 100g caster sugar ........ super fine sugar
1 and a quarter teaspoons baking powder
tiny pinch of salt
4 and a half oz / 125g butter.........some people use lard, or a mix of butter and lard
3 oz / 75g currants
1 egg
2 or 3 tablespoons of milk / about 75mls.of milk
plus some extra caster sugar for dusting

Pic ar y maen translates as 'pikelet on the stove'
This is the best recipe that I have , it was given to me some years ago and I have used it many times....
Welsh Cakes are a traditional cake.
They are cooked on top of the stove on a bake stone , or , you could always use a very heavy bottomed frying pan.
They are only around 1-2cm deep ( maybe slightly more or less depending on who makes the) and around 3inches across. .
They are traditionally made using currants.( As my family do not really like currants , I tend to use golden raisins.)

Method
N.B. First I put the bakestone on to heat through and as it gets hot I turn it down to regulate the temperature.....

*Sift the flour baking powder and the tiny pinch of salt together in a bowl.
*Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips.
(The mixture should then resemble bread crumbs.)
*Beat the egg a little and add this to the flour and butter mixture using a round ended knife with some of the milk.
( just sort of stir/chop the egg and milk in with the knife and the mixture will start to come together !)
*If you need, add a little more milk.
You should add enough milk to get the mixture to form into a soft ball of dough without being too wet.

Next....
*Take the ball of dough and place it on a floured board / surface .
*Roll the mixture gently untill it is about its about 1/4 inch thick and then using a 2 1/2 to 3 inch cutter , cut the dough into rounds.
*Gather up the remaining dough and repeat until you have used used up all the dough.

You always end up with a tiny little bit at the end of this and I tend to use that little piece , formed into a flattened ball to test the heat of the bake stone.

To cook....
The bake stone should not be too hot otherwise the Welsh Cakes will brown and dry too quickly when they touch the surface..
I keep it a sort of medium heat adjusting it as I feel necessary.

* Place the Welsh cakes on the bake stone ,
(don't be tempted to 'overload' the bake stone as they benefit from having a little bit of space around them).
*Gently cook the Welsh Cakes. they seem to take around 3 and a half to four and a half minutes on each side ... this depends greatly on the heat of the bakestone and if you are using a fry pan instead.
* When the first side is golden brown genlty turn the Welsh Cake over.
( I have found that the second side seems to be quicker to cook.

*When the Welsh Cakes are cooked , remove them from the griddle and place them on a cooling rack but do dust them with caster sugar whilst they are still warm.

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#2 Sun 28 Feb 10 4:35am

JoyYamDaisy

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Re: WELSH CAKES for St Davids Day , Ist March

They look wonderful! I will try them!  smile

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#3 Sun 28 Feb 10 10:25pm

mummza

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Re: WELSH CAKES for St Davids Day , Ist March

My plans for making the Welsh Cakes today went a bit astray as I forgot to buy the eggs !!
Never mind , I will make some tomorrow !

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#4 Thu 01 Mar 12 11:06am

mummza

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Re: WELSH CAKES for St Davids Day , Ist March

Happy St Davids Day everyone. wave

For those that plan to make Welsh Cakes today , look at the first post on this thread ....this is the best recipe that I have tried.
I have been using this recipe for years !

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#5 Thu 01 Mar 12 12:13pm

lynnej

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Re: WELSH CAKES for St Davids Day , Ist March

Happy Saint Davids Day everyone. We're all tackling flu here so there will be no welshcakes for us this year.

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#6 Thu 01 Mar 12 1:25pm

mummza

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Re: WELSH CAKES for St Davids Day , Ist March

Hope you feel better soon

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#7 Thu 01 Mar 12 1:32pm

Sandy

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Re: WELSH CAKES for St Davids Day , Ist March

Hope everyone is having a Happy Saint Davids Day.

Mummza those Welsh cakes sound so yummy.

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#8 Thu 01 Mar 12 1:45pm

mummza

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Re: WELSH CAKES for St Davids Day , Ist March

They are good Sandy  thumbsup

There are a lot of festivities going on around the city today , but I have to have a trip to the dentist and am not sure just how much I will be able to see , if anything .

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#9 Thu 28 Feb 13 9:15pm

mummza

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Re: WELSH CAKES for St Davids Day , Ist March

Guess what I hope to be making tomorrow  big_smile

Happy St Davids Day x

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#10 Thu 28 Feb 13 9:17pm

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Re: WELSH CAKES for St Davids Day , Ist March

mummza wrote:

Guess what I hope to be making tomorrow  big_smile

English steak and Irish guiness pie??? hmm

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