Baked with Love!
– Valentine’s Day –
Love is in the Air with Romantic Welsh Griddle Cakes for Tea Time Treats
I have already ventured into romantic culinary ideas and have suggested some savoury treats for the big “Lovey Dovey” day on the 14th February with My MasterChef Romantic Appetiser – Pan-fried Scallops with Black Pudding and Warm Fennel Salad a well as A Romantic Meal for Two – Pan-Fried Duck Breast Salad with Mixed Berries & Walnuts. I like to think that both of those meals will bring cupid and his bow to the table and hearts will fall from the skies…….but, where’s the SWEET stuff I hear you saying! Well, you could buy chocolates of course and they are always well received, however, what about a bit of romantic baking, some melt in the mouth griddle cakes perhaps? I know it’s usually all about cream filled squidgy cakes, but my husband is not a lover of cream and as I am still on the “New Year New Me” diet, I cannot eat a whole cake to myself, no matter how hard I try.
We BOTH love things baked on the griddle however, and my home-made crumpets from last week certainly hit the tea time treats spot. I thought about what I could bake for February’s Tea Time Treats challenge, which is being hosted by the LOVELY Kate this month, her theme is “Romance” of course and I know she will be looking for delectable romantic treats. Kate is Welsh, so it was then that I had a blinding brainwave of an idea, I would make Welsh Griddle Cakes BUT, I would make them a wee bit sweet and soppy by cutting them out into heart shapes!
This recipe is simple, it is from my mum and grandmother’s scrapbook, an amended recipe taken from my grandmother’s 1940’s Be-Ro cookbook. I am sure there are many variations on a Welsh Cake, but this is how we make ours. Welsh cakes, or Welsh Griddle Cakes are quite simply a cross between a scone and a pancake, or a drop scone – they are baked ON a griddle as opposed to being baked IN an oven. Welsh Cakes are also known as picau ar y maen, pice bach, cacen gri or teisen radelli in Welsh, not that I can pronounce them in Welsh! You may also hear people calling them “Bakestones”, with reference to the bake-stone that they are cooked on – a cast iron griddle which is placed on the fire or cooker. Whatever the name, all I know is that they are just delicious when eaten warm with a little butter or home-made jam. So why not rustle up a batch for your sweetheart this year. Not only are they wonderful for a romantic afternoon tea, but the children will love them and when they are back to school after half-term they will love a couple of these tucked into their lunch boxes, plus they can help you make them, up to the hot griddle stage that is.
So Kate, my wee Welsh Dragon, here is my entry for February’s Tea Time Treats! I will be back tomorrow with another loved up recipe, see you then, Karen.