Welsh Cakes are a simple way to celebrate St David's Day. These light and tasty sweet cakes are griddled rather than baked, so they can be made in super-quick time without having to wait for the oven to reach temperature. Although they are traditionally cooked on a bakestone or griddle, a frying pan does the job just as well. This traditional Welsh cakes recipe has been kindly supplied by MamGu Welshcakes ... more on them later.
MamGu Welsh Cakes Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time (per batch): 6 - 10 minutes
Makes around 12 Welsh cakes
What you'll need:
225g self-raising flour or plain flour with 1tsp of baking powder
125g unsalted butter
75g caster sugar
75g dried fruit (currants, raisins, sultanas or a mix)
1 large egg, beaten
A good pinch of mixed spice, nutmeg or cinnamon
How to make the traditional Welsh Cakes
Rub the flour, spice and butter together in a large mixing bowl until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the caster sugar and dried fruit. Make a well in the middle of the mixture and add the beaten egg. Bring the dough together until you have a firm ball (if it’s too dry, then add a dash of milk). Sprinkle a clean work surface with flour and roll out the dough until it’s about 1cm thick; then divide into cakes using a pastry cutter.
Set the hob temperature to a medium heat. We have an induction hob (heats 1 - 9) and 5 was the perfect temperature whilst 6 a little too hot. Add a little butter into your frying pan to melt and evenly coat the base of the ban. Gently place the Welsh cakes in the pan and leave them for about 3-5 minutes each side. Just before the Welsh Cakes are ready to turn, you may see them slightly 'puff up'. Keep a watchful eye on the pan as the heat can easily scorch the cakes - you are looking for a lovely golden-brown colour. Allow to cool before you eat them as they taste so much better.
Allergens: If you are following a gluten free diet, switch to gluten free flour and add a dash of xanthan gum. To make these vegan, substitute with dairy free spread and use aquafaba or dairy free milk to replace the egg.
Following the obligatory taste test (we always do this before we share any recipe), there has been much debate as to how you should enjoy a Welsh cake. The majority vote went with 'spread with butter', but they're also good with a spoonful of homemade jam, or plain and simple dusted with icing sugar. MamGu also suggest enjoying with either clotted cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
Who are MamGu?
MamGu’s Welsh Coffee Shop is located in Solva, on Pembrokeshire’s coast. Although we've not visited, we are reliably informed that they make an impressive 14 different sweet and savoury Welsh Cake flavours! What's even better is that you can order your favourites as they can be sent anywhere in the UK. There's vegan, gluten free options and some mouth-watering flavours like cinnamon, ginger, white chocolate & cranberry, dark chocolate & orange, lemon, triple chocolate, dark chocolate & ginger, dark chocolate & coconut, cherry bakewell, lime & coconut, chilli chocolate - as well as the traditional too! Those with a savoury preference may prefer the cheese & leek option.
MamGu's Welsh Cakes have a 21 days best before date from the day they are made. Postal orders are always made as close to the despatch date as possible, so you'll have well over 2 weeks to enjoy them.
Place an order via their website www.mamguwelshcakes.com Prices start from £4.50.