It’s Saint David’s Day today so I thought I would share my first ever welsh recipe with you all – Pice ar y Maen or Welsh cakes to the non-welsh speakers. I used to make these with my Nanna as a kid and I couldn’t help sneaking them straight off the hot stove: the warm, buttery, melt in your mouth texture too hard to resist.
Like most things when you’re a child, welsh cakes seemed so difficult to make, but they really are so simple. I didnt have a recipe to follow and I did try to look for my mothers trusty old recipe to adapt, but I failed. So, I came up with my own healthier version and they really do taste like the real thing in my humble welsh opinion.
I mean they aren’t as good as my Nanna’s, but then she’s had hundreds of years to perfect her recipe!
Knowing that St David’s day is today and that I wouldn’t have time to bake any of these beauties over the weekend, I made my first batch of Welsh cakes on Friday instead.
I will admit that I was really nervous about posting the recipe for these Welsh cakes, because they aren’t traditional welsh cakes, so the texture is going to be slightly off in comparison. But, for me personally; I really enjoyed them and I hope you all do too.
- 250g All Purpose Flour (more for dusting)
- 1/2 Cup Sweetener
- 1/2 Cup Sultanas
- 115g Vegan Spread or Cold Butter
- 1/2 Cup Sweetened Apple Sauce
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Mixed Spice
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Sieve the self rising flour into a bowl, add the vegan spread and using your hands combine the spread into the flour until you have a crumbly mixture.
Next add the apple sauce, vanilla extract, mixed spice, sweetener and sultanas and knead the ingredients until a ball of dough forms.
NB: If the mixture is too wet and sticky add a little more flour.
Clean a work surface and dust with some flour. Roll out your dough and using a cookie cutter, or glass, cut out your Welsh cakes.
Next, heat a non stick pan or skillet to a medium-low heat and add one Welsh cake (this is to test the temperature) if the Welsh cake starts to brown too quickly, reduce the heat.
Cook all Welsh cakes on both sides 2-3 minutes, dust with sweetener and eat warm.
And that’s it. Simple, easy, delicious and with less fat than your average Welsh cake: around 5g.
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