How to: making your own Welsh cakes

So it was the Great British Bake Off final last night, in case you didn’t know, topping off another fabulous series that will surely have inspired a fresh wave of would-be bakers to take to the kitchen. This got us thinking. We’re rather proud of our Welsh exports in the culinary department, including the famous Welsh cakes, so we thought that while you’re staying in one of our parks, such as the St Asaph caravan holiday parks we have here in North Wales, you might just be inspired too after tasting the delights, so why not try making some Welsh cakes for yourself once you get home? Here’s a step-by-step guide to all the ingredients you’ll need along with the method to follow for your very own Welsh cakes…mmm! Ingredients

  • 225g/8oz self-raising flour, sieved
  • 110g/4oz (preferably Welsh) salted butter
  • 1 egg
  • handful of sultanas
  • milk, if needed
  • 85g/3oz caster sugar
  • extra butter, for greasing

How to make your Welsh cakes 1. Rub your butter into the sieved flour to create the breadcrumbs. Add in the sugar, and dried fruit, followed by the egg. You then need to mix the ingredients together to combine. Once this has been done then form a ball of dough, adding a dash of milk, if required. 2. Next step is to roll out the pastry until it is 5mm / ¼ inch thick. Take your cutting shaper and cut into rounds with a 7.5-10cm / 3-4-inch fluted cutter. 3. For step three you’ll need a heavy iron griddle or bakestone. Pre-rub with butter and remove any excess. Place on direct heat, and wait a few moments until it has heated up. Once heated up, place the Welsh cakes on the griddle, allowing for one turn to bake evenly. They won’t take long, roughly 2-3 minutes on each side. To gauge the cake visually, ideally you need to see a caramel brown appearance before turning. 4. Once golden on both sides, remove from the pan and lightly dust, while still warm, with caster sugar. 5. ENJOY! Note: the fruit is down to personal preference, so if you want to leave it out of the mixture, you can. Image: Zingyyellow…! under Creative Commons.

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