I thought it was time to do something related to my home country Wales and with the many different bakes I could have chosen I decided to make Welsh cakes.
Now welsh cakes are a bake that I love and after eating them for so long I thought it was time to try and make some. When I started making Welsh cakes for the first time it was something I did with my mum. I would make the batter and she would cook them, I was always afraid of cooking them because I struggled to flip them and ended up ruining them. However, for this blog I decided to give it a try and cooked them myself. (surprisingly it turned out well).
The recipe I used was one given from my mum’s friend and we have been using it ever since because it makes perfect welsh cakes all the time. Below you will find the recipe and method so you can make them too.
The first step to making Welsh cakes is to rub together the butter and flour, I have probably mentioned this in a previous blog but I’m saying it again, I hate this part so much. The texture of them together is horrible and it’s messy, basically if there is a way around this I will find it. (and I have) Ok so after this was made, I actually found and bought a pastry cutter, which I am excited to use in a later blog.
Even more excitement comes when for this recipe I got to use my brand new Kitchen Aid!! I have wanted one of these for ages and always thought it would be a while until I actually got one. But my amazing family bought me one as an early birthday/Christmas present (I say early because my birthday isn’t until October!) and they decided to give it to me now as I have been getting into baking and creating this blog. So to mix this recipe all together I was able to use my kitchen aid and is was amazing.
This recipe is extremely simple. Like seriously all it requires is putting everything into a bowl and mixing it together. Maybe that’s another reason why I like homemade Welsh cakes so much, I can make them and eat them in less than 30 minutes. Now who wouldn’t like that!
Now because this recipe is so simple and it doesn’t require me telling you step by step on how to make the perfect Welsh cake, this is going to be a short blog. But, in a way that is a good thing because you can go and try them out yourself! and don’t worry when I first thought of making Welsh cakes I was worried I wouldn’t be able to make them and that they would come out a mess and tasting horrible. However, you really don’t need to panic, simply follow the recipe I have provided and you will be completely fine.
This batter makes lots of Welsh cakes and it is simple to double the recipe to make lots and lots, so you are able to share some and eat the rest. When cutting the rolled out dough I was able to use my mums cookie cutters that are slightly crinkled to cut out my dough. But you don’t need to go out and buy cookie cutters just for this recipe. You can simply use a glass to cut them out (like I did for tarts).
Once you have your welsh cakes cut out it is time to cook them and this part is the part I was worried about. I am never a big fan of baking something that requires me to flip it, it never goes right, but after a few tries I was successful!
To cook the Welsh cakes all you need is a non-stick pan and depending on how big your pan is depends on how many Welsh cakes you can cook at the same time. Now when I make welsh cakes I always use a crepe maker (which is a large flat surface) and by using this it makes the cooking so much easier. You can cook up to six Welsh cakes at a time and have enough room to flip them without things going wrong. I’m not saying that you need a crepe maker to cook Welsh cakes because you don’t but I decided to tell you becuase that is what I used because it is what I prefer.
I should warn you when you are cooking these you will be really tempted to eat them as you go. They smell so good and they taste amazing. I honestly think I prefer them warm, they are just so soft and taste just really good. Top tip: don’t forget the sugar! Sugar is a vital part of Welsh cakes. Once you have cooked them sprinkle some sugar on both sides of the Welsh cakes and then you may eat and enjoy.
I hope you guys try out this recipe. Like I have mentioned a few times it is so easy to make. It takes no time at all and they are great to share with family and friends.
Like always I would love to see your creations if you give this recipe ago. Simply post your pictures on my twitter https://twitter.com/AmyBakes94 or my Instagram https://www.instagram.com/amybakes94/