Tags: Local Gastronomy And Gustatory Delights
Welsh Cakes are the perfect breakfast and anytime snack on the feast day of their native country's patron saint, St. David, celebrated each year on March 1.
3 cups unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt**
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup cold butter**, cut into pats or diced
3/4 cup currants
2 large eggs beaten with enough milk to yield 3/4 cup liquid
**Use 1/4 teaspoon salt if you use salted butter; 3/4 teaspoon if you use unsalted butter.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg.
Work in the butter until the mixture is fairly evenly crumbly; a few larger pieces of butter can remain.
Mix in the currants.
Add the milk/egg mixture, mixing until the everything is moistened.
Turn the sticky dough out onto a well-floured work surface and divide it in half.
Shape each half into a thick 4" to 5" disc.
Cover one of the discs with plastic and refrigerate.
Leave the other on the floured work surface.
Roll the soft dough into a 9 1/2" circle; it should be about 1/4" thick.
Be sure to lift up the dough and flour underneath it as you roll so it doesn't stick.
Using a 2 1/2" to 3 1/2" biscuit or other round cutter, cut the dough into circles.
Gather and re-roll the scraps, cutting until you've used all the dough.
Heat an ungreased skillet over low-medium heat; an electric frying pan or skillet, set at 325°F, works well here.
Fry the cakes for about 2 1/2 minutes on each side until they're golden brown and cooked all the way through. It's best to fry one sample cake first, to see if your pan is the right temperature.
Transfer the fried cakes to a rack to cool.
Repeat with the refrigerated dough.
Cut the circles, then let them warm at room temperature for about 10 minutes before frying.
Dust the finished cakes with cinnamon-sugar or superfine (castor) sugar; or split them, butter, and spread with jam. A pot of tea is the perfect accompaniment.
Yield: about 2 dozen 2 3/4" cakes.
Thank you, King Arthur Flour.
I never dust my Welsh cakes, they are good as is.
I'm going live wild and make them with orange rind and chopped craisins this time.