Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Happy St David's Day and White Chocolate Welsh Cakes



Today is St David's Day

Celebrated in honour of Dewi Sant, or St David, the Patron Saint of Wales.

Now I may be more biased than Tom Jones, daffodils and Cardiff Castle combined, but Wales rocks. And today is the day to celebrate that fact.

Now you could start the day off with toast. Not just any old toast though, fancy pants toast: Welsh Rarebit.

Come the afternoon, it will be time to relive the rugby and my favourite crown in the whole wide world. The Triple Crown. Won by Wales last weekend in the Six Nations rugby. There is really only one tea loaf that could possibly be served on what is really a rather nice plate. That's right: Bara Brith

But wait! We've gone the whole day without a Welsh Cake!  Land of my Fathers: Land of my Welsh Cake

And here's a super-special one just for St David.

White Chocolate Welsh Cakes


125g butter (unsalted, softened at room temperature and cut into small pieces)
250g self-raising flour
75g caster sugar
100g chopped white chocolate1 beaten egg
Pinch of salt
1 tbsp milk (if needed)

1. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs
2. Add the sugar and chocolate and mix together
3. Mix in the beaten egg and bring together to form a soft dough with a fork, using the milk to bind further if required
4. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and using a rolling pin roll out the mixture to about 1cm thickness
5. Using a cutter or upturned glass cut out the circles
6. Heat an ungreased griddle or heavy frying pan on a medium heat
7. Place the cakes onto the surface one or two at a time and cook one side before gently turning over to cook the other side
8. Cool on a wire rack. 
9. Tuck in with gusto

Baker’s notes....
  • Each Welsh Cake takes approximately 2-3 minutes to cook on each side; you should be aiming for a caramel, light brown colour
  • If the cakes turn a darker colour, quickly, your pan may be too hot. Turn down the heat...is that better?
  • My original, traditional Welsh Cake recipe (see below) can be found right here
  • If you are in London this week, pop along to Welsh Week, celebrating some of the best foodie producers in Wales and organised by Wales: The True Taste
  • Bendigedig!!






9 comments:

  1. Kate they sound fantastic. Last time I tried making Welsh Cakes - with chocolate of course, they burnt. All the chocolate oozed out and caused a horrible mess - has rather put me off, but feel I should try again cos I do love them.

    Happy St David's Day

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  2. ooh they look delicious - almost makes me sad I am not welsh! Although I did almost marry a welshman...but that's another story :-P

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  3. Happy St David's Day Kate! I've never had a Welsh Cake but think I need to remedy that NOW. Yum!

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  4. Did you say White Chocolate + Eccles Cakes. OMG! I'm all over that combo!

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  5. Happy St. David's Day Kate! The white chocolate makes it sound extra yummy!

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  6. YUM! Looks lovely & with white chocolate sounds wonderful too! :)

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  7. Love the idea of chocolate in Welsh cakes. I have to admit I don't think I've ever actually had Welsh cakes!

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  8. I LOVE the idea of chocolate on Welsh cakes, those look delish!

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  9. I made these this afternoon with my son and they are delicious, and such a change from the traditional Welsh cakes. We did have to be very careful, that the pan wasnt too hot though, as they did cook very quickly.

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