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Welsh cakes

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Makes 6-8
Dietary Vegetarian
From The Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best
Welsh cakes are a traditional tea-time treat that are really easy to make. Eat them warm from the stove, or store in an airtight container for up to a week.


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

  2. Rub with your fingertips, or pulse in a food processor, until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

  3. Add the sugar, 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 plain 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.

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


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

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Welsh cakes

Cooking ingredients

Dairy, eggs and chilled

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