National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Welsh cakes


A bakestone is a circular slab about the size of a dinner plate, made from cast iron or steel (it would once have been a flat stone). You can heat it on an open fire or stovetop and it retains its heat, making it ideal for cooking all manner of quick cakes and savouries. In Wales today, however, it’s most commonly used for making Welsh cakes. These durable little disc-shaped treats once provided Welsh coal miners with the perfect sugar boost. They’re made with butter or lard mixed with flour and sugar, bound with an egg or milk and dotted with dried fruit and mixed spice. The mixture is gently cooked on the bakestone for about two minutes on each side, then dusted with sugar.


The Welsh Cake Hut in Cwmbran. welshcakeh­

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