Thursday, February 23, 2012

Traditional Welsh Cakes - Delightfully Different!

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I first found recipes for traditional Welsh cakes when I went searching for traditional Welsh recipes after reading an article about Welsh shepherds. I was a bit reticent at first. A rolled dough cooked up on a griddle? But I fell in love with them! 

They are a bit different - kind of like a cross between a scone and a cookie. I followed the recipe found on the You Tube video found HERE, but I added cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg, as suggested in other Welsh cake recipes. It made a nice combination with the currants. Or you can omit the currants and spices and add lemon and lemon zest for a nice variation. I should tell you, however, that I got a message on another blog from a lady in Wales saying that Welsh cakes with the spices and variations are not really Welsh cakes. I say, do your own thing, at least when it comes to goodies.
Traditional Welsh cakes are easy to make and a nice take-along snack.

Fluffy Pancakes

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Pancakes were the first thing I ever learned to make well, so I get an especially good feeling when I make them. This recipe is actually one I came up with on my own, about thirty-five years ago, messing around with it until I got it right. At the time, I knew absolutely nothing about cooking, so it's amazing it turned out so well. It was several years, though, before I learned the real secret, which is not an ingredient, but a technique--letting the batter rest for 20 minutes before cooking the cakes. It lets the gluten chains form and results in a much fluffier pancake.