How to Make Welsh Cakes for St. David’s Day

welsh cakesIt has become a tradition in my house that we make Welsh Cakes for St David’s Day.  As a child in Wales St David’s Day was a big event.  We would go to school dressed in traditional costume. The morning would involve a special assembly during which we sang Welsh songs and presented prizes for the Welsh themed art and craft activities we had been involved in. We even had a half day to mark the occasion.

Living in England, St David’s Day is a low key affair but I always wear my daffodil and make Welsh Cakes.

Ingredients (makes approx 24)

175g( 3/4 cup) butter and lard mixed

450g (2 cups) self-raising flour

175g (3/4 cup) caster sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp mixed spice

75g (1/3 cup) currants

2 eggs

rub fat into flour
Step 1. Rub fat into flour (or tickle it)
Step 2. Add the other dry ingredients.
beat eggs
Step 3. Beat eggs and add to mixture
Step 4. Knead into a dough

(Spot the baby cunningly stealing an apple).

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Step 5. Cut out shapes
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Step 6. Cook on a griddle

Welsh cakes are traditionally cooked on a bakestone, a cast iron or steel griddle that would have been placed on the fire. If you don’t have one a heavy frying pan would suffice. Place it on the hob on a very low heat.

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Step 7. Sprinkle with sugar.
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Step 8. Eat

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