Thursday, 3 March 2011

Welshcakes recipe and a challenge

We made some welshcakes for St David's day on March 1st.
I ate them on Tuesday...

I took some to my workplace on Wednesday...
 and ate some more for morning tea, then again after lunch, then a quick snack with a late cup of tea in front of the telly...

This morning I had another with my morning coffee....

They're good...but I'm getting a  little bit welshcaked out!

I fully intended to share the welshcakes recipe this week, and it now comes with a bit of  a twist...
Jane who writes the fabulous Life on planet baby blog has set out a bit of a challenge -
 a blogger bake off challenge!

Jane recently made some lamingtons (read here). She was prompted to make these by Rhi from Flour Child. Now Jane has asked if anyone wants to join in a blogger bake off. So.... I'm challenging anyone to give welshcakes a try... (Still with me?? I think I know where I'm going with this!)

I'll share the recipe and if you bake them, just post (or leave me a comment) about it and if you want you can challenge others to bake something - a blogger bake off.

(original recipe so in 'old' measurements)

1lb of self raising flour + teaspoon of baking powder
8oz butter
6oz sugar
6oz currants or sultanas
2 large eggs
milk if required
pinch of nutmeg

Blend the nutmeg, flour, and baking powder.
Rub in the butter until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Add sugar and currants/sultanas.
Bind with the beaten eggs to form a stiff paste and add milk if needed. (I usually need a splash)
Roll out to 1/4 inch thick and press out into rounds. (depends on your cutter, but I can usually make just over 40 with these quantities)
Bake each side on a moderately hot bakestone until browned.

If you don't have a bakestone (I don't) then you can use a large flat bottom dry fry pan, or do as I do and use the flat plate on the bbq! A great Welsh/Australian combination! It's the best and fastest way. I can whip up about 40 welshcakes in minutes. Beware - they can cook very quickly.
Welshcakes are delicious served warm with a sprinkling of sugar and must be accompanied with a hot cuppa. They are a blend of cake, biscuit and scone. Oh, and they freeze well.

I hope you enjoy my little reminder of home - welshcakes.

12 Comments and thoughts:

  1. Hello Beth,
    I am an Irish girl married to a Welshman and living in New South Wales since 2005. Another blogger friend in the UK told me about your blog and I thought I would say "Hello"!
    We too made Welsh-cakes from my Mother-in-laws recipe but they ended up a bit too moist and sloppy and not half as good looking as yours! Byron brought a mountain of them into work with little toothpick Welsh flags sticking out of them and they went down well!
    I look forward to reading more of your blog in the future!

  2. These look delicious
    and a lot like what
    we call pancakes here
    in the U.S. {some call
    them flapjacks}. But,
    we usually eat them with
    butter and maple syrup.
    Love the idea of the currants.
    I will print this off and
    give them a try....thanks!
    xx Suzanne

  3. Hello!
    I'm so happy to have just stumbled on to your blog, via Jane's. I love your recent advice to her ;)
    I am up for a Welsh Cakes blogger bake off challenge! I have a thing for Wales, I love it there (and my name is Welsh, though my parents aren't!) I have been meaning to make Welsh Rarebit for ages, but I will start with the cakes! I think it's funny that my lamingtons helped start this little game off, as they are soooo ridiculously easy and there wasn't even a recipe, and I used bought cake (which I normally never buy!). Anyway, the challenge is on! Thank you! :)

  4. Hey Beth, how are you goin? Was just thinking about you the other day. We're off to Wales next weekend, hubby looks after a site at FalenFac (I know I spelled that wrong), and they have their xmas party in March (perhaps the welsh and irish are related). I plan to take lots of shots, especially in Aberennon (I know I spelled that wrong), where we are staying at the Harbormaster. So I'm going to make you homesick...just like me at the moment! Robx

  5. Ah, Beth! You sweetheart. Good for you for rising to the challenge ☺. Loving it. Okay, I'm up for it. Especially since Rhi is too! Lamingtons, pavlova, welshcakes - what next?! Now I have to convert the measurements to metric...J x

  6. I am so excited to have my first Pancake Day in England! I'd never heard of it before, but ready in embrace this one :) Your Welsh Cakes look delicious - if only I could grab a few through the screen :)

  7. Oh, these look so yummy! I've been a huge Whales fan since reading the "Here Be Dragons" series of books. Glad I found your site. Janae

  8. Ooh they look yummy. I'm a big tea drinker, and think these would go perfectly with a nice cuppa. Yum!

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  10. Beth, you didn't clean the BBQ!

  11. Thank you so much for adding my button - I really appreciate it! I'm so glad you'll be joining the 'party' on the 19th. I'd hate to be the only one there ;)

  12. Thank you so much for this recipe! My oven's broken at the moment so I was desperately looking for baking treats I could do on the stove and had forgotten all about welshcakes.

    All the best, from an Aberystwyth girl now marooned in the Bahamas...