A mixture of the more traditional Welsh Cake and the indulgent Chocolate Orange version
Happy St David's Day!
The Welsh patron saint was known for extreme austerity (yes, he was the forefather of the modern Tory party!) with monks living in monasteries founded by him living on a diet of bread, vegetables, water and milk. After a while, the monks tired of abstaining from worldly pleasures (and chocolate) and attempted to poison St David's bread, but with no avail and St David lived to slay another dragon*
It therefore may do little to impress stern St David and Welsh Cake purists, but how about celebrating Wales' national day with these Chocolate and Orange Welsh Cakes?
* Except he didn't ever slay a single dragon. Mainly because dragons are mythical creatures and don't exist. Obvs.
Chocolate and Orange Welsh Cakes
125g butter (unsalted, softened at room temperature and cut into small pieces)250g self-raising flour75g caster sugar50g orange or mixed peel50g chopped dark chocolate1 beaten eggPinch of salt1 tbsp milk (if needed)
1. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs2. Add the sugar, peel and chocolate and mix together3. 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 thickness5. Using a cutter or upturned glass cut out the circles6. Heat an ungreased griddle or heavy frying pan on a medium heat7. Place the cakes onto the surface one or two at a time and cook one side before gently turning over to cook the other side8. Cool on a wire rack. 9. Tuck in with gusto
- 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 can be found right here