Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Welsh Cakes

Warm welsh cakes are the sort of food to serve when your jolly house party returns from its bracing walk along the seashore, exclaiming that they think they saw a seal and also possibly Jeremy Irons only they aren't sure because he was wearing a trapper hat.  While they tread seaweed into your rugs, you can bustle authentically about the kitchen, having the occasional cherry soaked in sloe gin as you make these.


  • Make up your regular fruit scone mixture (I use 8 oz flour, some baking powder, 1 oz each of sugar and butter, an egg, and a splash of milk, along with some sultanas and glacé cherries)
  • Pat it down to 1 cm thick and cut into rounds

  • Fry on a heavy pan or directly on the hotplate of the range until both sides are golden and cooked. It is best to cook them slowly on a low heat so that their centres are fluffy and light.
From start to plate, they only take about fifteen minutes.

42 comments:

  1. One would need a bracing walk to burn off a pan-fried pastry. (Jeremy Irons excluded.)

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  2. I'd like one of the entire experience, please.

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  3. I've always heard of Welsh cakes and now I know! They look fabulous, sort of like the American biscuit only with fruit in the middle, then fried? Or is that jam I see peeking out the sides?

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  4. You make it sound so easy!!!!! I shall try them.

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  5. Bet Jeremy Irons doesn't have anything so authentic when he returns to his castle after his bracing walk!! Bet he doesn't know the lemon in milk trick either!

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  6. Yum! Are the glace cherries soaked in sloe gin, too? And would Jeremy Irons enjoy them, do you think?

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  7. Are you sure they're Welsh cakes? They look too nice to me. The ones I've had (even those made by a real Welsh friend) have always been burnt and frankly rather nasty.....

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  8. Welsh cakes with cherries in them and no currants? Are you sure they're not Irish cakes? I love your variation.

    A trapper hat sounds like the sort of thing Jeremy Irons would wear.

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  9. I need to try those out. They look delicious Mise! 15 minutes? Wow.

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  10. I saw Prince Philip in Woolworths when I was 8 .....does that count ? !!
    I think that I need to come and live next door to you Mise.....you wouldn't get rid of me when it was baking day !!

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  11. Those Welsh cakes must be very good indeed to capture your attention all the while knowing that Jeremy Irons was in the vacinity...maybe, or at the very least a handsome stranger in a trapper hat. Must try this recipe out on the Goofballs. M xo

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  12. They smell delicious, and I think it was Ralph Fiennes.

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  13. Oh Mise, you are making me homesick. My mother used make these for us and were always the trusty standby when she ran out of bread.

    I am going to bake some tomorrow.

    Thanks for your recipe
    Helen xx

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  14. Oh Yum another recipe to try. If Jeremy Irons knew you made these he may have doffed his cap and carried on right into your kitchen. A missed opportunity there if I may say so.

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  15. Those look hearty and good for the soul. I'm particularly taken with the gin-soaked cherry tip. Is there a mud/seaweed room on your drawing-board for future home extensions?

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  16. And what about the Irish cakes, eh?

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  17. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm I can almost smell them :)

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  18. I have never had the pleasure of tasting a Welsh Cake. But we make a thing here called flatbread in five. It is similar to your recipe in that it is very fast and is cooked in five minutes (ish) on the stove top. It is the Cherry Sloe Gin I am after though.....

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  19. my wish is for bracing walks on the atlantic seashore and to be a member of that jolly house party, is it ok if I bring michael fassbender ?

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  20. I'm taking that seaside walk and coming home to your kitchen ...in my dreams.

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  21. Jeremy Irons would have been on a grey steed. Is his house still pink?

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  22. This is very spooky - as I read the words 'Jeremy Irons' .... I was looking at the man himself on tv (watching The Borgias, which we had recorded) I can only hope that this is an omen - maybe we will win squillions on the Lottery tonight (I will of course give you a share!!)

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  23. Bromeliad, I don't think they are particularly Bad For You - they cook perfectly with no oil/butter.

    Humel, if in doubt, soak in sloe gin.

    Jacqueline, was Prince Philip buying pick & mix?

    Móna, where is that flatbread recipe? Bring on the post.

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  24. Jaboopee, if you're sure Roy Keane won't be miffed.

    Lucille, a steed indeed. You should be here with me in the wafty draughty high ceilinged alternative reality.

    Frayedattheedge, I'm getting tetchy here waiting for my share of those squillions. Where is it?

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  25. Oh yum, one of my downfalls!!Something to make this weekend!

    I hope you come visit & tell me what you think of my fall decor.....so far!

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

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  26. MOTH wants his stuffed with leg ham, grainy mustard & gruyere. I reckon he might be onto something.
    Millie xx

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  27. Speaking as someone living in Wales who often eats Welsh cakes for breakfast ... I'm loving your Irish version ;D Just don't let the Welsh know you're putting cherries in the pice bach ! Actually if you share the sloe gin they'll probably forgive you ;D

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  28. Mise, I don't wish to be rude, but I have to tell you that my Mother used to make Welsh cakes, (we called them Bakestones) and the fat content had to be half of the weight of flour and sugar was three ounces. That is an authentic recipe from Wales.

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  29. Mise, I have a whole lot of cooking to do today and swore I'd make something savoury/dinnery before something sweet ... but how can I not "bustle authentically" with a batch of Welsh cakes first? I'll have them made and eaten before I even notice I have no willpower!

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  30. Toffeeapple, my dear old friend Ceridwen from Aberystwyth must have misinformed me about the proportions all those years ago. I shall write her a strict note once I find out which prison she has most recently been transferred to.

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    1. ha ha ha !!!

      I secretly follow your blog and I love your wittiness.

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  31. I hope that your note will be more than strict, Ceridwen has seriously misled you! ;-)
    Incidentally, I had an aunt of the same name and one called Blodwen. Oh and one called Gwenllian.

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  32. They look fab, and I'm all for the cherry in sloe gin., or even sherry in sloe gin! You can almost here the words slurring together!

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  33. ooh, my 7 year old has been getting scone making lessons from her gran (whose signature dish is her scones) so I must get her to try these. Never heard of them before.

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  34. Ah good. You've reminded me of my plan to make some sloe gin this year. And to spend more time looking for British Actors in unsuitable headgear on the beach.

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  35. I could eat everyone of these but I won't lie and say I'll make them because I won't. I'd buy them by the armloads however!
    V

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  36. damn, I wish I had two of those right now..

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  37. That was one of the best times I've have had in 30 seconds! Thanks Mise.

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  38. Jeremy Irons? I stooped to watch The Borgias just to see him on screen again... God, I remember meeting him at Stratford when I was 17! That was decades ago...

    But I digress!

    I am really glad to have stumbled upon your blog. You are truly unique ;-)

    Greetings from France.

    ps I really like Welsh Cakes too.

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  39. I've never heard of Welsh Cakes before...it's a travesty, they look dangerously delicous (as in I would eat too many of them), and comforting...love that they're cooked stove top!
    xo J~

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  40. I commend you on your incredible willpower. Staying home and making welsh cakes rather than running out to kidnap Jeremy Irons must have taken a great deal of it!

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  41. I've just remembered I own a griddle...time to dig it out and make some of these! Now if I can only remember where I hid it....

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