Welsh cakes recipe for St David’s Day

welsh-cakes-coffee-recipeTuesday 1st March 2016 is St David’s Day, so we’re celebrating the patron saint of Wales with these traditional Welsh cakes, perfect for accompanying a cup of coffee. St David was a bishop in the diocese of Menevia, Swansea, in the 6th century and later became canonised. He was a native of Wales, and as a bishop his life is relatively well-documented for someone of his period. This recipe for pice ar y maen or Welsh cakes  is a simple treat for morning coffee time and perfect to make with children.

You’ll need:

  • 225g plain flour, plus a little extra for dusting
  • 80g caster sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 100g butter, cut into small pieces (you can use a 50:50 mix of butter and lard for a lighter texture, but the resulting cakes won’t be suitable for vegetarians)
  • A little extra butter for frying
  • 50g currants
  • 1 freerange egg
  • Drop of milk

What to do:

Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl and stir in the sugar and salt. Rub in the butter with the tips of your fingers, as though you’re making pastry. Beat the egg in a separate bowl and add it to the flour mixture, working it with your fingers until you have a soft dough. If it seems a bit dry and all the flour mixture won’t work into the dough, add a little trickle of milk until it all incorporates without being sticky.

Tip the dough onto a work surface dusted with flour, and roll it out to about 1cm thick. Cut out rounds with a 6cm cutter. When you’ve finished, roll the leftover trimmings back into a ball and start again until all the dough is gone. Transfer the completed rounds to a lightly floured plate.

When all the rounds are cut, heavy the remaining butter in a heavy bottomed frying pan, or, if you have one, a special griddle pan. Cook the cakes through over a medium heat for a couple of minutes on eat side until golden brown and crisp. These are best eaten immediately with a large cup of coffee, but if there are any leftover they can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.

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