Traditional Welsh cakes recipe

Cooking on a bakestone or griddle has been common practice throughout Wales for centuries. The art of a good Welsh cake is to cook them quickly on both sides so that they stay moist in the centre, but take care not to burn them!

Makes 15-18 | Prep 15 minutes | Cook 10 minutes


225g self raising flour
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon mixed spice
110g butter, lard or margarine
75g caster sugar
75g mixed currants and sultanas
1 large egg beaten
grated rind of half a lemon (optional)


Welsh cakes

Welsh cakes

01 Sieve the flour, salt and spice into a mixing bowl. Rub in the fats until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.

02 Add the sugar, lemon rind and dried fruit. Pour in the beaten egg and combine to make a dough.

03 On a floured board, roll or press the dough to approximately 5mm thick. Cut into discs with a 4-5cm cutter. Or cut into squares, you will not need to keep re-rolling if you use this shape.

04 Bake the Welsh cakes on a medium hot griddle, turning once, until golden brown on both sides but still a little soft in the middle.

05 Dust with caster sugar while still hot. If you do not have a griddle you could use a heavy base frying pan, lightly buttered.

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