Welsh Cakes for St David's Day

Welsh Cakes for St David's Day

Perhaps with my name, it may come as no surprise to you that I have a Welsh heritage with my Mother's side of the family being Welsh. Although I have never lived in Wales, growing up my Mother would always cook these delicious Welsh cakes on St David's Day. This recipe comes from "Favourite Welsh Recipes" compiled by Sheila Howells. It is a traditional recipe using old fashioned "Lard".  Now my Mother is no longer with us, I find it a beautiful and special way to keep memories alive.  It is also a wonderful way of creating new traditions with my children and a chance to share a little about my Mum with them.


Blue Oversized Nightshirt with Welsh Cakes
1Ib. flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch allspice
1 pinch salt
4 oz. butter
4 oz. lard
7 oz sugar
4 oz. seedless raisons
2 eggs beaten
Milk to mix
Caster sugar to sprinkle.    
1. Stir together the flour, baking powder, allspice and salt in a large bowl.
2. Rub in the butter and lard.
3. Add the sugar and raisins.
4. Beat the eggs and add to the mixture, with a little milk, to make a fairly stiff dough. If the dough doesn't bind well, add a little more milk to help.
5. Roll out to a thickness of about 1/4 inch and cut into 2 inch rounds with a pastry cutter.
6. Cook on a greased griddle or frying pan. I find a pancake pans works particularly well.
7. Sprinkle with sugar and serve warm. 

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