Welsh Christmas Cake Cheer
"Pice ar y maen, a Welsh teatime treat passed on through generations and still as popular as ever."— BBC Good Food
Wake up on Christmas morning to a truly sweet and festive Welsh treat. These traditional spiced cakes are cooked on a cast iron pan or heavy iron griddle and never fail to be a crowd pleaser. It's an easy recipe to make for a cheerful Christmas celebration.
Mix together the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, mixed spice, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Using your fingers or a spoon, add the butter and mix around until the flour mixture gets crumbly. Once it reaches the desire consistency, mix in the dried fruit.
Pour the beaten egg and mix well until the dough is soft. If the dough seems too dry, add a splash of milk for extra wetness. Work the dough to form a ball.
Roll out the pastry. Using a cooking cutter, cut rounds into the dough about 6cm big. Collect all the trimmings and re-roll the dough, making more rounds.
Lightly grease the griddle or cast iron pan with butter. Turn the heat onto high and wait until the pan becomes hot. Once the pan starts to lightly smoke, add the Welsh cakes (be careful not to crowd). After 2 minutes, flip the cakes over (the top should be golden brown) and cook for 2 more minutes on the other side. Serve warm with butter, jam, honey or a sprinkle of sugar.
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