‘Pice ar y maen’ or ‘Cakes on the stone’ (Welsh Cakes) – Week 24

These traditional Welsh Cakes have been popular since the late 19th Century and would be baked on a baking stone over a fire.  In fact, the Welsh name for these cakes is ‘pice ar y maen’ which translates to ‘cakes on the stone’.

Sometimes they are referred to as griddle scones.  They are short, sweet little biscuit-like cakes and can be served warm or cold with butter; best eaten really fresh. It is traditional to use a fluted cutter for sweet cakes but it doesn’t really matter if you don’t!

Ingredients

  • 225g/8oz self-raising flour
  • 110g/4oz salted butter, diced
  • 85g/3oz caster sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • handful of sultanas
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten
  • milk, if needed
  • extra butter, for greasing

Method

  1. Sift the flour into a bowl and add the diced butter.

  2. Rub with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

  3. Add the sugar, spices, sultanas and beaten egg and mix well to form a ball of dough, using a splash of milk if needed.

  4. Roll the dough out on a floured board to a thickness of about 5mm/½in.

  5. Cut into rounds with a 7.5–10cm/3-4in fluted cutter.

  6. Rub a bakestone or heavy iron griddle with butter, wipe away the excess and place on the hob until it is heated through.

  7. Cook the Welsh cakes a few at a time for 2–3 minutes on each side, or until golden-brown. Make sure the are cooked completely through the middle especially if they are on the thick side.

  8. Remove from the griddle and dust with caster sugar while still warm.

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