Introduction: Welsh Cake Christmas Tree

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You never need an excuse for Welsh Cakes here in Wales, but here's one anyway.

There are countless recipies across the internet for Welsh Cakes, but I am going to share it with you again and show you how to put them together and make a Christmassy stack for your tea table.

Step 1: You Will Need

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Cooking weight conversion chart here

For the Welsh Cakes:

  • 225g / 8oz self raising flour - plus extra for rolling dough
  • 110g / 4oz butter or margerine
  • 75g / 3oz of either sultanas, currants or craisens
  • 75g / 3oz caster sugar / super-fine sugar - plus extra for sprinkling when cooked
  • 1 egg
  • Extra butter or oil for the pan

Equipment:

  • Star shaped cookie cutter or a template - one large, one medium and one small
  • Smaller round cookie cutter or a glass, as this mix will make more than one tree (optional)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • Wire rack for cooling
  • A spoon for mixing
  • A bakestone / heavy pan / hob griddle - preferably with a smooth cooking area, the heavier the better

A note on the star cookie cutters: Your largest star cookie cutter shouldn't really be larger than your biggest circular cutter. I didn't have a medium cutter, so I trimmed some off each Welsh Cake before cooking. You can also cut them freehand

For the tree:

  • You will need a cakepop stick, or something similar, long enough to go through all of your Welsh Cakes plus a bit longer to affix the topper. My cakepop stick wasn't quite long enough, so I used an additional cocktail stick.

Let's make the Welsh Cakes ...

Step 2: Rub Butter / Margerine Into Flour

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Place the flour and butter / margerine into your mixing bowl and using your finger tips, rub the butter / margerine into your flour until you have a "breadcrumb" consistency.

From here on, we want to handle the mix as little as possible to prevent it getting too warm and melting the butter / margerine

Step 3: Add Sugar

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Add your sugar and mix in

Step 4: Add Fruit

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Add your fruit and mix in with the spoon.

I use sultanas because I find currants too gritty. You can also use dried cranberries aka craisens

Step 5: Add Beaten Egg and Mix

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Add a beaten egg and mix in.

Use the spoon to mix as long as you can, then get your hand in there and mix it to a dough.

If you find the dough a little too dry, use a small drop of milk and mix again until you achieve the required consistency.

Step 6: Chill

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You want your dough to be chilled so it's easier to roll out and cut

Place it in a bag / wrap in clingfilm and place in refrigerator to chill for about 20mins to half hour.

Which gives you time for you to chill or - wash up

Step 7: Roll Out and Cut

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Put your griddle on a medium heat to preheat

Roll out your chilled dough on a floured surface to about 5mm thick.

Cut your stars, I cut 4 of the largest stars, 2 of the medium stars and 1 little star.

If you want to make more than one tree from this mix, you can, or you can use the round cutters to make the classic Welsh Cake out of the remaining dough.

Step 8: Cook Over Medium Heat

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Lightly oil your bakestone / griddle and start cooking your Welsh Cakes.

Cook over a medium heat for about 3mins a side.

Tip: Try a single one first and if it browns too quick, turn down the heat and try again with a "tester". It won't take long to get to the right temperature. I always use the " scraps" I have left to test the heat.

When cooked, place on a wire rack to cool

Step 9: Sprinkle With Sugar and Construct

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Sprinkle your Welsh Cakes with the extra sugar (optional).

  • Stack your Welsh Cake stars, big ones on the bottom and the medium ones on top.
  • Push your cakepop stick through the middle down to the bottom.
  • If you have a length poking out of the top, turn your smallest star on its side and measure it against it
  • You want it to come to the top of the star without showing out of the top.
  • If it's too long, cut it.
  • If your stick is too small, that's OK, use a cocktail stick to add the height you need. No need to cut this, just push it into the smallest star
  • Gently push the smallest star onto the top

And so ends the Welsh Cake Christmas Tree

Give it pride of place on your festive tea table

Enjoy

Step 10: Casualties

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These stars we a little challenging and, as you can see, I had casualties.

However, I this house - they're never around long before they're eaten!

Comments

ashburn orange (author)2017-02-06

lechyd da! +mwynhewch eich bwyd !!

Job well done, it is our Christmas tradition too making these little gems of goodness...

Don't forget about Dewi Sant on March 1st

Thank you for this wonderful food share !

Diolch :-

I'm not sure how I'm going to manage a Welsh cake leek or daff, but check these out from earlier posts:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Fondant-Leek-Welsh...

https://www.instructables.com/id/Fondant-Daffodil/

radiograf (author)2016-12-25

Love these, been meaning to make some for ages. Here's a photo of the last lot I made, on a 70 year old planc, smuggled into England during the 2nd world war by my mother. Well my Dad was stationed in Pembroke Dock for a while.

Try adding pudding spice and dried cranberries for that Christmassy flavour.

midiansangel (author)radiograf2016-12-25

My daughter-in-law will only eat them with cranberries (craisens). I love your bakestone. Unfortunatly, mine was stolen a number of years ago and they're so hard to come by.

Your Welsh Cakes look divine

radiograf (author)midiansangel2016-12-25

Thank you, sorry to hear about your bake stone. Have you tried looking on ebay for a replacement. Mind you it takes years to train one up properly!

midiansangel (author)radiograf2016-12-26

Actually, eBay is the only place I haven't looked!

Thank you

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