Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Welsh cakes

Mmmm, Welsh cakes
So, we went to Wales on holiday.  It was good.  There were leeks and cheese and other stereotypically Welsh things.  Including some really nice local ale - I particularly liked Neath Ale's Witch Hunter, a lovely bitter with a slight sweetness to it.

 Anyway.  We intended to buy some Welsh cakes to bring into the office but shamefully forgot.  So, we made some instead.  They were tasty.  I used this recipe from the BBC with a few modifications:
  • added slightly more sugar than the recipe suggests as they were coming out a little too savoury for our taste
  • added a LOT more spice than the recipe suggests - went for about half a teaspoon of nutmeg, half a teaspoon of ground cloves and a full teaspoon of cinnamon, and I think still more spice would be good
Welsh cakes dough
Welsh cakes dough

  • didn't bother rolling out and cutting into rounds, just shaped with my hands which worked fine
  • did one batch with currants but another with mixed currants and dried cranberries which turns out to be a nice twist
  • used more butter rather than lard
Ready for frying
Overall, these were awesome - really quick and easy. Given that we usually have all the ingredients at home, it's definitely something I'll be holding in reserve for when we have guests and want to have something sweet to offer them.

Mmmm, Welsh cakes
Mmmm, Welsh cakes

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