Chocolate Welsh Cakes

Giving up biscuits for Lent has meant I’m baking things to replace the banned biscuits, not exactly the healthy intentions I had in mind. Given I’m half Welsh, and proud before you ask, I often celebrate St. David’s day in a foodie vein; surely the best way to celebrate any special day in the calender. Be it Welsh Cheesecakes, Bara Brith , anything with leeks or Welsh Cakes I’ll try to bake at least one around the 1st March. Traditionally Welsh Cakes are made with raisins or sultanas but as I discovered at Fabulous Welshcakes in Cardiff Bay you can put different fillings in welsh cakes. I had a look around the baking cupboard, of which I swear I could open my own baking suppliers with, and found chocolate chips begging to be used.

Technically you could argue that these are not Welsh Cakes as they are baked in the oven and not on a griddle; I wanted to play around with recipes suitable for schools. I suppose they could be described as a richer version of scones, but with a lighter texture. By all means this recipe could be cooked the traditional way on a griddle giving the cakes the distinctive browned flat top and bottom. Both methods of cooking taste more or less the same they just look different. Perfect with a cuppa and in my eyes a perfect substitute for the banished biscuits.

Welsh Cakes
Makes 15

225g self raising flour
110g butter
50g caster sugar
75g chocolate chips
1 egg

1) Rub butter into flour until it has the consistency of breadcrumbs. Stir in sugar and chocolate chips. Break in egg and mix until you have a dough.

2) Roll out onto a floured surface until around 1cm thick and cut into 5cm rounds. Place on a lined baking tray. Bake at 180°c for 10-15 until cakes are golden.

About Jules

Freelance Food Geek who's passionate about food education. Lives with long-suffering Hubs and 3yo Little Baker (LB) not too far from Derby.

Posted on February 24, 2010, in baking, celebrations, welsh and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Did you say chocolate? I’ll need to give this recipe a try ;0)

  2. I will definitely be trying these. Do you think I could do them using this recipe but cooking on a griddle? Just fancy having a go.

  3. Oooh Lowen LOVES welshcakes. But I just add raisins. Not sure whether I should make these, she will never go back to eating the raisin ones!!

  4. Everything is better with chocolate chips!

    Katie xox

  5. I do absolutely love having a Welsh cake with a cup of tea! Love the recipe, although having given up chocolate for Lent I’m going to have to wait a while until I can give it a try. x

  6. Welsh cakes NOT cooked on a griddle?!?!?! totally scandalous – but I might have a go anyway

    p.s. if they’re not cooked on a griddle, does that technically make them welsh scones? ;)

  7. These look amazing – like flatter scones but with chocolate! You’ve thought of everything!!! Am printing this one off pronto!

  8. I like your thinking :) They look good x

  9. fabulous idea, i love scones and I love choc chip – who would have thought of combining them/! Will definitely be giving them a whirl. X

  10. I have been following your blog for a while now, love the recipes and the sentiment. Really lovely stuff.

  11. I would eat them with some allspice added and a hint of fresh lemon zest.
    Only problem when they come off the griddle I tend to eat the lot…yum nice and warm with some fresh cream….

    hey ill start the diet next week!

  12. We offer many types of welsh cakes.
    Different Flavours, Different shapes, Different designs, We are unique in what we do, we have 15 years catering experience.

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