Saturday, 27 February 2010

Welsh Cakes and Gift Bags

I made these ready for St. Davids Day


They make lovely little gifts

I made a Template for a small gift bag, tag and handle
You will find it here if you want to use it
Just cut around the edges then fold the solid lines of the bag
Glue the strip on the side then fold in the bottom then glue
Add the handle either by glueing or using brads (I glued mine)
Fold the tag in half and punch a hole in the top left corner write inside as necessary
Inside mine I wrote "Dydd Dewi Sant Hapus"  (Happy St. David's Day)
I threaded a ribbon through the hole and attached it to the handle of the bag

To make the Welsh Cakes you will need

225 g Self - raising flour
1 teaspoon of mixed spice
100g  butter
75 g Sugar
100 g sultanas or currants (or half and half)
1 egg (beaten)

Sift the flour and mixed spice into a bowl add the butter and rub in  until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs
Add the sugar and sultanas/currants and the beaten egg  then mix together until it forms a dough
This can be quite sticky so if you prefer to use a spoon instead of your hands it's ok
Using a rolling pin roll the dough to about 1/2cm thick then using a cutter (6-7 cm) cut into rounds
This mixture makes approx 14 -15 Welsh Cakes
Slowly heat a Griddle pan - if you don't have one you can use a frying pan then add the welsh cakes to cook cook on a low to medium heat  when one side is cooked turn over and cook the other side
These can be served warm with butter on
You can sprinkle with castor sugar while warm if you want

Wrap a couple of Welsh cakes in a serviette / doiley then pop into the gift bag



Oh GOSH how I would love a warm welsh cake right now. We used to live in Wales and the day we had to move up North I cried, I loved it there and buying fresh welsh cakes from my local bakery every Weds was my highlight of the week. Lovely bags as well. Hugs xxx