Tuesday, June 21, 2011

ABC Wednesday

The Wonderful Letter this week is W
And W stands for Margaret Ritchie's Welsh Cakes

Margaret was a dear friend, a nurse of Welsh extraction, and her favourite tea-time treat was a plate of Welsh cakes, - perhaps with a little cheese, a little jelly....

She shared her recipe, as well as her nursing skills in a community that had no doctor and where she might be called at all hours of the day or night for help.  Our children loved her, and for me she was the dearest of friends.  I look back on tea-time visits with her with fond memories.

I make Margaret's Welsh cakes for children and grandchildren who love their grand buttery flavour and scone like texture.

Here is her recipe.....

2 cups of sifted flour
1/2 to 2/3 cups of granulated sugar
3 tsps of baking powder
a pinch of salt..

mix these dry ingredients and sift again.

Cut in 1/2 cup of butter to a course meal.

Add 1 1/4 cups of currants softened in water and patted dry

Stir in 2 beaten eggs and 1 tsp of vanilla with a fork, making a soft dough.

Knead 10 to 12 times and roll out 1/3 inch thick.

Cut with cookie cutter and fry in electric fry pan (ungreased) at 340 to 360 degrees F, 5 to 6 minutes each side.

Serve buttered with jelly, jam or cream cheese.

Delicious!  I am off to make some right now for a bedtime snack!

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Roger Owen Green said...

intriguing. WONDER if I'd like them.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Life with Kaishon said...

They look so delicious. I have never had them. : ) Such a fun post. Loved learning about these treats.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, they do look delicious and I would love to have one!! What a great post for the W Day, Hildred! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!

ABC Team

Paula Scott said...

Oh, my, I shall have to give those a try! I just made some lavender butter too, so that should go very well with it! I like the fact that they are cooked in a skillet. Too hot for the oven! Hip, hip hooray for Welsh cakes!

Meryl Jaffe, PhD said...

Sounds delicious. I love scones and look forward to trying the recipe. Thank you for it and your touching recollections.

Lily Hydrangea said...

these Welsh cakes sound & look delicious!
& so neat of you to continue to make them in memory of your dear friend.

ChrisJ said...

Mmm! They look delicious. Do they taste a little like scones, I wonder?

Penny said...

They sound wonderful, this is the second recipe today that I have jotted down.

Reader Wil said...

Thhey look delicious! I am sure I will like them! I eat anything European and Asian if it is not containing insects and creepy things.

LivingSoAbundantly said...

I have never heard of Welsh cakes, but I'd love to have them with River Shannon tea--yum! :)

Carver said...

Thanks for the recipe. The Welch cakes look delicious.

Gigi Ann said...

Yummy...sounds like a Wonderful treat.

nonizamboni said...

What a lovely tribute to your friend! And I love how generous you are with the recipe.
When I think 'Welsh' I remember thoses miners singing on their way home from work in 'How Green Was My Valley'--Remember?

Joy said...

Love welsh cakes, I remember first discovering them on holiday in the Brecon Beacons, Wales. You don't seem to see them outside the country. I will have to try your friends recipe.

chubskulit said...


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The Weaver of Grass said...

I love welsh cakes. They are one of those things which are simple and yet if served with butter they taste divine.

Kay L. Davies said...

Thank you thank you thank you, Hildred, for posting this recipe. My mother called them "Welsh Tea Cakes" and often made them for us. I loved them, but I've lost the recipe. I'm going to save this one.
Aren't they a glorious colour? Wonderful post for W day. Thanks again.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
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