Brunch, Something sweet

Welsh cakes

If you’ve never tried Welsh cakes you really should. They are so simple to make a cross between a scone and a biscuit cooked on a griddle and best eaten warm, they melt in your mouth. I remember having them at my Nain’s house near Colwyn Bay. She had previously had a tea house so I’m sure she’d had plenty of practice making them, hers really did melt in the mouth! They are great with tea in the morning or afternoon and sometimes I make them for breakfast too instead of pancakes, when I fancy something sweet.


So what do you need?

  • 225g plain (all purpose) flour
  • 100g butter
  • 50g sugar (and extra to sprinkle on top)
  • 60g raisins 
  • ½tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp mixed spice / ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • A pinch salt
  • A little milk to bind

So what do you do?

Sift the flour, spice and salt into a bowl then add the butter, cut into cubes, then rub the butter into the flour with your fingers to make a breadcrumb like mix. Then add the sugar and raisins and mix them in. Finally beat an egg and add it to the mixture and stir in. It will combine into a thick dough, if necessary add a little milk to bring it together.


Then lightly grease an heat up a flat griddle of a thick based frying pan at a medium heat and roll out the dough to about the thickness of a biscuit and with a cookie cutter cut out rounds. place these on the griddle and slowly cook until golden on each side.

They will take a couple of minutes on each side. If the griddle is too hot they will not cook through. To serve sprinkle with some sugar and eat while warm. Delicious!




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