WELCH GRIDDLE CAKES (sweet biscuits)

Nancy J. Patrykus


Welch cakes are served hot or cold and dusted with sugar. Unlike scones,they are not usually eaten with an accompainment they are sometimes sold ready split and spread with jam,in south Wales and then called a "Jan Split"
My co-worker at Brookfield Zoo Hospital (close to Chicago) was from England doing research told me how she loves and missed the Welsh Cakes.That was back in the 70's. When I seen an article in a magazine on them.I remembered her telling me how good they are. Naturally I did some research and found the recipe. I had to make them. I hope you will also.

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10 Min


5 Min




1 c
unbleached white flour
1/4 c
white sugar
1 tsp
baking powder
1/8 tsp
1/4 c
shortening ..... i used butter flavored crisco
1/4 c
raisins...or currants
2 to 4 Tbsp

Directions Step-By-Step

Have an electric non-stick griddle
or a heavy cast-iron pan
and a 2-1/2 inch plain round cutter ready.

In a bowl combine flour,baking soda and salt.
Add the shortening and using 2 knives or an pastry blender cut the shortening into the flour mixture.
With your hands,rub the flour and shortening until the ingredients are the size of small peas then rapidly between your fingers until it is the consistency like salt.
Stir in the raisins or currants together
.with the milk..keep the liquid to a minimun!
Flour the counter lightly and roll out
the dough to 1/3 inch thick.

Use the cutter and cut out the rounds.
Heat the griddle to 250-275 degrees
or the cast-iron skillet over low heat.
Cook 5-6 minutes a side till lightly browned.
Turn over and cook the same 5-6 minutes.
A toothpick inserted in the middle,
should come out clean.
Transfer to a wire rack, and sprinkle with sugar
They should look like this when sprinkled with sugar....YUMMY!
Note: stock foto from the internet.
So sad to bad!
Just when I had it made up to perfection,
and on the griddle, I answered the phone ..
got involved with the conversation...
forgot my little cakes..
and here is a picture..
of part of my burnt Welsh Gridle Cake!
I will be making them again...very soon.
I might as well show you this picture of
what can happen if you turn your back.
I never said I was perfect!!....LOL

Note: Cooked foto is what they should look like.
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About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Irish
Other Tag: Heirloom
Hashtags: #Ethnic, #raisins, #welsh