Baked with Love! Valentine’s Day – Love is in the Air with Romantic Welsh Griddle Cakes for Tea Time Treats

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Welsh Griddle Cakes

Baked with Love!

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Love is in the Air with Romantic Welsh Griddle Cakes for Tea Time Treats

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.

Welsh Griddle Cakes

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!

Welsh Griddle Cakes

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 maenpice bachcacen 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.

Welsh Griddle Cakes

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.

Romantic Welsh Griddle Cakes

Serves 15 to 18 Welsh Ca
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 6 minutes
Total time 11 minutes
Region British
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
Delicious little griddle cakes that are easy to make with handy pantry ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • pinch salt
  • 110g butter (or margarine)
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 75g currants
  • 1 medium free-range egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • butter or oil (for greasing)

Note

The baking griddle should be well-greased and then heated until a little water sprinkled on the surface skips about in balls, evaporating. A frying pan makes a good substitute, but make sure it is a heavy based pan for even and good heat retention.

Directions

Step 1 Mix flour and salt together, rub in butter/margarine, then stir in sugar and currants. Mix to a fairly stiff dough with the egg and milk.
Step 2 Roll out about 5 mm (¼ inch) in thickness and cut into rounds, or as I have done, stamp out heart shapes with a biscuit cutter, re-roll the trimmings to make more griddle cakes.
Step 3 Cook on a moderately hot greased griddle for about 3 minutes on each side. Remove from the pan and dust with caster sugar while still warm. Serve buttered, hot or cold.

Welsh Griddle Cakes

This homely and humble recipe has also been entered into Becky from English Mum’s GREAT loved up Baked with Love event for February! You can find the event here:
Baked with Love – English Mum

Comments

  1. says

    so fabulous!havent tried these ….its pretty similar to smtg my grandma used to dish up..only hers had no egg,no currants but lots of fennel seeds.now i’m going to try these cute hearts!

  2. says

    Awwww, Karen, thank you so so much! I’m truly touched by the Welsh theme for your fab fab Tea Time Treats entry! These are my favourite ever Welsh bake-aren’t they just lush?! Diolch yn fawr-thank you!!x

  3. says

    Welshcakes! Hurrah :) I love them, I was just reading your recipe wondering why it didn’t sound as familiar as I had expected and realised I’ve never made them in metric. I shall go and hide, and catch up with the twenty first century sometime presently :)

    • says

      Thanks Penny! I have a confession to make, my gran’s original recipe was in Imperial and I had to try to convert the measurements, so used my trusty Be-Ro book to help, which is a similar recipe!

  4. Susan Otto says

    Love the look of these adorable griddle cakes. I wish I had the time to make them before tomorrow. They would be so sweet to wake up to.

  5. says

    They’re so cute! I really love anything with currants, so I’ll have to give these a go. I’ve been wanting a proper griddle for a long time and you’ve provided me with the perfect excuse to get one!

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