Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus
It’s the time of year when we celebrate all things Welsh and there’s certainly a lot to rejoice!
Firstly, we have a pretty amazing flag with a great big red dragon on it, the humble daffodil is our national flower which is pretty awesome and then we have simple traditions such as the giving of love spoons and most importantly singing hymns and arias whist watching the rugby.
That’s not all, we have the most beautiful landscapes, undulating valleys, magnificent mountains and miles of wonderful coastline. We have red kites, dark skies, lots and lots of castles… over 600…. museums and galleries, we are the top destination for adventure activities, but most of all we have some totally superb and delicious specialities that will tickle any taste bud. Did you know that we have our very own version of caviar…Laverbread, the totally to die for Welsh Rarebit and an awesome fruit bread made with tea, Barabrith…feeling hungry yet?!?
Well it’s time to get out your griddle pan and try this simple but delectable recipe for Welsh Cakes and join us in celebrating Wales and everything it stands for!
Makes 10-12 cakes | Prep 10 minutes | Cook 4-5 minutes each
8 oz self raising flour
2oz castor sugar
4oz margarine or butter
1 or 2 handfuls of sultanas
1 or 2 free-range eggs depending on mixture
1 Sieve flour into bowl, then add margarine or butter, rub in finely together.
2 Add sugar and sultanas and mix.
3 Add 1 egg and mix. The consistency needs to be bound together, so if too dry add another egg.
4 Roll out on a floured board, to about a quarter inch thick.
5 Cut using a 2 inch (approx) cutter, then cook on a greased pan, or bake stone, on a medium heat for about 4 to 5 minutes each side.
6 The exact cooking length will depend on what you are cooking your Welsh cakes on, but keep a close eye - too short a period and they won’t be cooked in the middle, and cooked for too long and they will be dry. When touched during cooking they should feel springy, but not wet to the touch (no mixture should come out of the middle).
7 Once cooked dust with castor sugar
8. Enjoy and celebrate Dydd Gŵyl Dewi!