Coffee break treat for St David’s Day

welsh-flagMarch 1st is the feast day of St David, patron saint of Wales. Legend has it that he died on that day in the 6th century, and so 1st March is a national holiday in Wales.

Inject a little Welsh flavour into your coffee break this week with these homemade Welsh cakes, a crumbly, moist variety of scone that’s fried rather than baked.

You’ll need:

  • 225g self raising flour
  • 110g butter or margarine, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 90g sugar
  • icing sugar for dusting
  • 3 tablespoons sultanas
  • a freerange egg

You’ll also need a griddle pan (a flat, heavy iron pan) for the cooking. If you have a range or Aga-style cooker, you can also cook the Welsh cakes directly on the simmering plate.

What to do:
  1. Sieve the flour into a large bowl, and add the butter or margarine.
  2. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.
  3. Stir in the sugar and dried fruit.
  4. Beat the egg lightly with a fork, and mix it into the dry ingredients. Combine to form a soft dough. If the dough is too dry, add a drop of milk until it just combines.
  5. Flour a worksurface, and turn the dough out. Roll it out to about 1cm thick, then cut it into rounds with a biscuit cutter.
  6. Heat the griddle pan over a medium heat, and rub it evenly with butter. Put the Welsh cakes on the pan and let them cook for two or three minutes each side.
  7. Take them off the heat, sprinkle with icing sugar and serve while warm with a large mug of your favourite coffee.

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