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Monday, March 01, 2010

Welsh Cakes

easy recipe welsh cakes st.david's day

Dydd Gwyl Dewi hapus!

I didn't want St.David's Day, to go uncommemorated. So, I decided to make some Welsh cakes and some Leek-and-Potato soup to make D feel right at home. Sort of.

Not having visited Wales, I haven't really tasted the native specialty, but the Welsh Cakes recipe at BBC site is a fairly standard one as far as I gather.

However, having the chronic inability to follow a recipe to the letter, and an inherent resistance to using too much butter, I usually make a substitution or two so I can polish off a plateful fairly guilt-free:)

Now, on a medium-hot non-stick griddle it comes out nice and golden brown, but the hot cast iron griddle gives it that extra flavor plus the dark exterior. I like the cast iron griddle so, these cakes turn out moist and soft on the inside but a bit dark on the outside.

Without further ado, in honor of St.David's Day, here is a version of Welsh cakes. It tastes sort of like a cross between sweet fluffy pancake and buttery soft cookie.

1¼ cup flour (more or less)
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup Smart Balance Omega butter (light)
2/3 cup sugar (or less if using Castor sugar for dusting)
1 egg
¼ cup sultanas/raisins
round cookie-cutter or canning ring to cut shapes
optional: Castor sugar for dusting

  1. Sift the flour and baking powder together; work it into the butter to form coarse breadcrumbs
  2. Add the sugar, eggs and raisins and knead to cookie-dough-like consistency
  3. Dust a work surface and roll it flat to about ¼ inch thick and cut out small rounds
  4. Cook in a hot cast iron griddle till golden brown on each side and cooked through
  5. Dust with Castor sugar if preferred

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  • At 1:58 PM, Anonymous ruchikacooks said…

    Hi Sheela,

    The cakes look yummy, flakey and inviting.

    I am hosting an event called home remedies, basically stuff that we can do without going to the doc..I have been reading your posts for a long time, I wanted to invite you to take part in the event. Actually you dont have to cook up any remedy, I literally adore the vasambu post (for babies) when ana was born..Anything like that if you would like to share would be great..Since you write a lot about oggie and ana, I thought of this but its your wish..


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