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WELSH CAKES RECIPE

Welsh Cakes
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Welsh Cakes

An easy recipe, not just for kids. These Welsh Cakes are a delicious treat any time. Preparation is simple and cooking takes just six minutes.

INGREDIENTS

250g / 9oz Self raising flour

125g / 4½oz butter

100g / 3½oz superfine / caster sugar

Handful of seedless raisins

1 medium sized egg

1 teaspoon of olive oil

½ teaspoon of baking powder

Pinch of salt

Pinch of Mixed Spice (All Spice)

Four drops of milk

Nutrition information per portion
PREPARATION TIME: 20 minutes
 
COOKING TIME: 6 minutes
 
DIFFICULTY: Easy
 
FREEZE: No
 
SERVINGS: 20 small cakes
 
EQUIPMENT: Scales, large bowl for mixing, rolling pin (or similar), 5cm pastry cutter (a small upturned glass or cup can also be used as a cuter), frying pan

PREPARATION

Preparation is included in the recipe steps below.

ADVICE FOR WELSH CAKES

Some of the recipe steps below need to be achieved by an adult, some can be shared with a child and a couple by the child alone. A lot depends on their age.

The first few steps of this recipe are essentially making a snortcrust pastry mix from scratch. For Welsh Cakes, an egg, sugar and some raisins are added to the standard shortcrust pastry mixture. If you want to learn more about making shortcrust pastry, see the video below.

VIDEO - HOW TO MAKE SHORTCRUST PASTRY

RECIPE INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1

Put the self-raising flour, baking powder, mixed spice and salt in a large bowl. Use a fork to mix all of the ingredients together.

Mixing ingredients for Wesh Cakes
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Mixing dry ingredients for Welsh cakes

STEP 2

Chop the butter into very roughly 2cm / 1in cubes.

Add the butter and flour to the bowl and use your fingers to rub the butter into the flour until the mixture is crumbly. You will always end up with some larger crumbs but this is not a problem.

Crumbly pastry mixture
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Crumbly pastry mixture

STEP 3

Break the egg into a bowl and whisk lightly until mixed.

Add the egg, sugar and raisins to the mixture. Mix all the ingredients together with a spoon. Add the very small amount of milk and mix again so that it can be formed into a ball (see the video above "HOW TO MAKE SHORTCRUST PASTRY" for a visual explanation of how to form the pastry into a ball).

Pastry mixture ready for cooking Welsh Cakes
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Pastry mixture ready for cooking Welsh Cakes

STEP 4

Sprinkle a little flour on a flat surface and use a rolling pin to roll out the mixture to about 1cm / ½in thick. Keep turning the mixture as you roll it out to stop it sticking to the surface.

Pastry mix rolled out
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Pastry mix rolled out

STEP 5

When the mixture is rolled out, use a 5cm / 2in pastry cutter to cut out as many cakes as possible. Give the pastry cutter a twist before lifting out each cake.


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Cutting the pastry into circles.

STEP 5

Add the olive oil to a frying pan and heat to a low to medium heat. Test using just one cake first to get the heat level correct. Add some of the cakes to the pan and cook for three minutes. Flip the cakes over and cook for a further 3 minutes. Each side should be golden brown.

Frying the Welsh Cakes
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Frying the Welsh Cakes

STEP 5

Arrange the Welsh Cakes on a plate, sprinkle some sugar over them and eat!Welsh Cakes can be eaten warm or cold, our own testing rated them slightly better when warm.

Welsh Cakes on a plate
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Welsh Cakes on a plate

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