Welsh Cakes for St David’s Day & World Maths Day
1st of March is St David’s Day and this is a great opportunity to introduce an easy Welsh recipe into the classroom. This year, 2011, St David’s Day is the same day as the wonderful World Maths Day so these are also a great way to use maths for weighing and measuring.
There are two ways of cooking Welsh Cakes. Either the traditional way in a griddle/frying pan or in the oven. When they are cooked in the oven (like the ones in the photo above) they do rise a bit, but still taste the same. A good compromise when cooking them on a griddle may not be practical. Traditionally they are made with raisins or sultanas, but you can change the fillings dependent as to what ingredients you have in.
225g/8oz self raising flour
75g/3oz caster sugar
1 tsp mixed spice
1) Rub butter into flour until it has the consistency of crumbs. Stir in sugar, sultanas and mixed spice. Break in egg and mix until you have a dough.
2) Roll out onto a floured surface and cut into 5cm rounds. Heat griddle pan to medium heat. Cook each cake for 2-3 minutes each side until golden. If cooking in the oven flace on a lined baking tray. Bake at 180°c for 10-15 until cakes are golden.