Monday, 10 March 2014

WELSH CAKES

There is a small shop in Cardiff Bay called Fabulous Welshcakes and as you pass by, the aroma emanating from inside is nothing but fabulous.  They make them on the premises while you watch so you can get them hot off the griddle.  Unfortunately Cardiff is a little too far for me to drop by as often I as would like so I have to make do with my own home made version.  They are so quick to put together that I think they make a perfect breakfast or mid afternoon snackeral.

(Makes 14)

250g Self Raising Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Mixed Spice
100g Butter
85g Sugar
75g Currants
1 Egg beaten
Splash of Milk

In a bowl mix together the flour, baking powder and mixed spice

Add the butter and rub it into the flour mixture till there are no lumps and it resembles fine breadcrumbs

Next stir in the sugar and currants.  Use a knife to stir in the beaten egg and bring the mixture together into a soft dough adding a little milk if needed.



Turn onto a floured surface and roll out to about 6cm or the thickness of your finger. Don't make them too thick, they will rise a little and you want to make sure they cook all the way through. Use a 6cm round cutter to cut out your cakes.

Heat an ungreased non stick frying pan or griddle over a medium heat and cook the cakes for 3 minutes on each side till golden and cooked through..

Transfer to a cooling rack and sprinkle with caster sugar. I sometimes don't bother with the sugar and have a little butter spread on them instead.

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