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Welsh Cakes

(29 Posts)
Anja Wed 24-Apr-19 07:10:02

I’m not much of a baker, but just recently discovered how easy Welsh Cakes are to make. The grandchildren love them and I enjoy having something homemade to offer visitors.

Big success. Going to cook up another batch today.

tanith Wed 24-Apr-19 07:13:52

Mmmn can I come round 😂 I love welsh cakes, maybe I’ll make some myself haven’t done that for years.

oldgimmer1 Wed 24-Apr-19 07:43:39

Yes, dead easy to make! Even I can do it, using a Chapatti maker as a bakestone.

I despise the carby little buggers though. Straight to the hips!

Anja Wed 24-Apr-19 07:49:13

Half the sugar of a digestive biscuit!

BBbevan Wed 24-Apr-19 07:55:11

I have my Grandma's griddle. She used it over the fire to make Welsh cakes. Lovely when hot with Welsh butter
We have always made them . A staple in our family .

BradfordLass72 Wed 24-Apr-19 07:56:39

Even easier is Shortbread, just butter, sugar and flour.
Use clean hands to knead it in a bowl and press it into a tin and bake. That's all.

¾ cup butter at room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1½ cups plain flour
Tiny pinch of salt

Bake in medium oven until golden. Leave in tin for 5 mins after cooking but cut into fingers. Then turn out onto a rack.

My grandson loves making this, and licking his hands afterwards!

mumofmadboys Wed 24-Apr-19 08:26:36

When you make Welsh cakes do you put any spice in? I don't usually.

Greyduster Wed 24-Apr-19 08:30:23

If you don’t have a bakestone or a griddle, what do you cook them on? My best friend makes them but has a bakestone. DH is very fond of them.

mumofmadboys Wed 24-Apr-19 08:31:07

I use a dry frying pan

Anja Wed 24-Apr-19 09:27:12

No I don’t put spice in momb

SparklyGrandma Wed 24-Apr-19 09:31:05

mumofmadboys some recipes call for a tiny bit of ground nutmeg. They are nice with or without.

SueDonim Wed 24-Apr-19 11:45:43

I use my Welsh mum's recipe to make Welsh cakes. It has a touch of mixed spice and the fats are half butter/half lard for that genuine taste.

KatyK Wed 24-Apr-19 11:56:23

Can we have the recipe for Welsh cakes please?

tanith Wed 24-Apr-19 11:56:32

I do mine in a dry frying pan too, just flour, sugar, sultanas and milk we’ve always made them to that recipe I don’t really measure either.

1inamillion Wed 24-Apr-19 12:12:10

Mumofbadboys I always put in a teaspoon of mixed spice and a good grating of nutmeg.

KatyK Wed 24-Apr-19 12:18:34

Thanks tanith

Anja Wed 24-Apr-19 12:21:55


225g of self-raising flour, or 225g plain flour and 1 tsp baking powder
1 pinch of salt
100g of butter, or margarine, plus extra for cooking
50g of caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
50g of currants
1 egg, beaten with 3 tbsp milk

Anja Wed 24-Apr-19 12:23:21


Mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl and rub in the margarine or butter. Add the sugar and currants and stir well

Pour the egg mixture in and mix until you have a stiff dough

Roll the dough out on a lightly floured board until 5mm (1/4 inch) thickness and stamp out rounds with a pastry/biscuit cutter
Stamp out rounds with a pastry/biscuit cutter

Heat the griddle over a medium heat until hot and grease with a little butter – the baking griddle should be well-greased, and then heated until a little water sprinkled on the surface skips about in balls, evaporating. A heavy cast iron frying pan makes a good substitute. Cook the cakes for about 3 to 4 minutes each side, until they are golden brown and have risen slightly
Cook the cakes for about 3 to 4 minutes each side

Serve immediately sprinkled with a little extra caster sugar

grandtanteJE65 Wed 24-Apr-19 12:26:17

What are Welsh cakes?

Anja Wed 24-Apr-19 12:32:05


Fennel Wed 24-Apr-19 12:56:57

They sound like fried scones. Never heard if them before, I might try them.
My Northumbrian Grandma used to make girdle scones, more like pancakes.

Fennel Wed 24-Apr-19 12:59:11

No sorry - those were drop scones, I think.

Gonegirl Wed 24-Apr-19 13:01:08

Ooh, love Welsh cakes. But high fat so they wouldn't do my reflux any good though. 🙁

I've got a tea towel with the recipe on. (Bought in lovely Wales of course)

MiniMoon Wed 24-Apr-19 13:25:58

Welsh cakes, girdle scones and singing hinnies are all very similar.
I make singing hinnies in a dry, heavy bottomed frying pan on the hob.
I've just had my lunch, but now my mouth is watering. 😃

TwiceAsNice Wed 24-Apr-19 13:30:57

Love welsh cakes always made on St David’s day ( I am welsh born) you need some spice in for an authentic taste and sultanas rather currants in the welsh recipe