Saturday, 7 March 2015

Recipe: Welsh cakes | Raise some dough with Comic Relief

Welsh cakes are one of my very favourite teatime snacks. If I have to do a quick shop before the school run then I always pick up a packet to have once we we're back at the house, massive mug of tea to accompany the soft, curranty cakes; a moment of peace before the teatime/bathtime/bedtime madness.

Now, though, that I've made my own Welsh cakes at home, I've spoilt everything. I will never again be able to enjoy the shop-bought ones, knowing how incredibly different and vastly better the homemade ones taste. Plus, they are super easy. I mean, like, ten minutes from start to finish. I know!

There are traditional recipes all over the internet, and I see no reason to mess with this classic combination. You probably have everything you need in the house already.

Welsh cakes

225g plain flour
85g caster sugar
½ tsp mixed spice
½ tsp baking powder
100g butter, cut into small pieces (plus a bit for the pan)
50g currants
1 egg, beaten
A splash of milk


1. Tip the flour, sugar, mixed spice, baking powder and a pinch of salt into a bowl. Then, with your fingers, rub in the butter until crumbly. OR - lazybones - bung everything into a food processor and press 'on'.
2. Mix in the currants. Work the egg into the mixture until you have soft dough, adding a splash of milk if it seems a little dry – it should be the same consistency as shortcrust pastry.
3. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface to the thickness of your little finger. Cut out rounds using a 6cm cutter, re-rolling any trimmings. If you don't have a cutter, use a glass like wot we did.
4. Grease a flat griddle pan or heavy frying pan with butter, and place over a medium heat. Cook the Welsh cakes in batches, for about 3 mins each side, until golden brown, crisp and cooked through.
5. Transfer the hot cakes to a dish of caster sugar and flip them over, doughnut style, until they have a layer of sugar coating them.

Cakes will stay fresh in a tin for one week.

Ha ha. There's a reason for that hot cakes expression.

If you think that's funny, you might also want to think about getting into the kitchen this week and baking to #raisesomedough for Comic Relief. As you can see, A pinched my new Comic Relief apron (the profits from each sale go to Comic Relief to help people living incredibly hard lives in Africa and the UK, making it a practical and charitable purchase). You can buy your apron here and #raisesomedough for Comic Relief, and when you've baked your masterpiece share it on social media using the hashtag. There will also be a twitter party between 1pm-2pm on Feb the 10th under the same hashtag if you fancy joining in the chat!
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