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Celebrate St David's Day With Our Blooming Lovely Welsh Cakes!

Posted by Lorraine on 1st Mar 2017

To celebrate St David's Day we have made a batch of Blooming Lovely Welsh Cakes! Our Blooming Lovely Welsh Cake Recipe is very easy to make so you do not need to be an experienced baker to get a great final result. Any St David's Day celebration is not complete without a Welsh Cake or two. Even if you are not Welsh you can still join in, I'm not Welsh but any excuse to make (and eat!!) these lovely Welsh Cakes is fine by me!I love daffodils, the national flower of Wales, a nice big bunch will be on display in my house on the 1st March too. Spring will soon be here and the anticipation of warmer weather, seeing new born lambs skipping in the fields and watching flowers and trees come into bloom always makes me feel happy. With Spring on the horizon PLUS a batch of freshly baked Welsh Cakes to enjoy the 1st March is looking likely to be a very happy day indeed.Blooming Lovely Welsh CakesIngredients225g Plain flour85g Golden caster sugar1/4 tsp Mixed spice1/4 tsp Nutmeg½ tsp Baking powder100g Butter (plus extra for frying)55g Raisins1 Large eggMethod
  • Pop the flour into a bowl and add sugar, mixed spice, nutmeg, baking powder and a pinch of salt.
  • Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the bowl. Combine the butter with the ingredients and mix with fingertips until crumbly.
  • Add the raisins, mix well.
  • Mix the egg in a separate bowl and gradually work the egg into the mixture until you have soft dough. If the dough is dry add a little milk. It should be the same consistency as shortcrust pastry.
  • On a lightly floured surface begin to roll the dough until the thickness is about 10mm.
  • Using a 6-7 cm round cutter begin to cut out individual welsh cakes. Re-roll & cut any trimmings.
  • Add a knob of butter to a manor griddle and melt over a medium heat. Cook the Welsh Cakes for approx 3 mins each side, until golden brown.
Cakes will stay fresh in an airtight container for up to a week or freeze for up to a month.Welsh cakes can be enjoyed hot or cold; serve with a dusting of caster sugar, a smearing of butter or if you are feeling indulgent you could add a little jam and a blob of cream on the side. They taste really lovely just on their own too without any additional toppings. Traditionally they are made using dried fruit but there is no reason why you can't try something new, we have shared a few of our favourite suggestions below, the Apple Dragon being our number 1 choice...
  • Apple Dragon - Cinnamon with raisin and grated apple *
  • Chopped dried apricots and white chocolate.
  • Dark chocolate chunks with mini stem ginger pieces.
* Replace the mixed spice & nutmeg with 1/2 tsp cinnamon. This type of Welsh cake is known as the Apple Dragon! Adding grated apple to the mix helps to keep the cakes moist for longer too.Saint David's Day - WalesSt David's day is celebrated around the world on the 1st March. In 589AD St David passed away on this very day. It is a day of significance and remembrance where Welsh people honour their patron saint, St David, by hosting concerts and special processions.According to legend, during a battle with the Saxons, Saint David advised his Welsh warriors to distinguish themselves from the enemies by wearing a leek on their helmets. The warriors, led by Saint David, won the battle and from then on the humble leek became a Welsh symbol. The daffodil is the national flower of Wales. Daffodils bloom in early spring and their appearance neatly coincides with St David’s Day on the 1st March. It is tradition for Welsh people around the world to wear a national emblem of Wales; a daffodil or leek is worn by many on this special day.Happy St David's Day!
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