Tinker's Cakes

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A Welsh treat the is quick to make for when company calls. They used to be served to the traveling tinkers, hence the name. For a variation, add some cinnamon to the flour before mixing. These need to be eaten while fresh.


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20 Min
10 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 5 Tbsp
    butter, cut into small cubes
  • 4 Tbsp
    brown sugar, light
  • 1 small
    apple, peeled, cored and grated
  • 2 Tbsp
    milk (or more, as needed)
  • ·
    superfine (caster) sugar, for dusting

How to Make Tinker's Cakes


  1. Place a heavy cast iron skillet or griddle on the burner, turned to low to medium heat.
  2. Place flour, baking powder, salt and butter into bowl of food processor fitted with metal blade. Process until butter is mixed in and mixture is crumbly (may do this by hand instead). Place mixture into a medium bowl.
  3. Stir in sugar, apple and add enough milk to form a soft dough that can be formed into a ball.
  4. Place on a floured surface and roll dough out to about 1/4-inch thick. With a 3-inch round cookie or biscuit cutter, cut out rounds. Gather leftover pieces and roll out again to make more.
  5. Smear a little butter in pan or griddle and cook the cakes in batches for about 4-5 minutes on each side.
  6. Place on wire rack and dust with sugar. Serve warm.

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About Tinker's Cakes

Course/Dish: Other Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: UK/Ireland
Hashtags: #tea #welsh

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