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Welsh Cakes

Move over English muffins! You can serve these tasty cakes with jam or smoked meats.

welsh cakes with butter and jam

Photo: Eoban Binder/WFIU

These Welsh cakes are served with butter and jam.

Welsh Cakes

Yield: makes 10 cakes


  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 3 ounces plain flour
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries, currants, cranberries or raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sweet Seasons Spice Blend (or pumpkin pie spice, Chinese 5-spice or cinnamon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Cooking Directions

  1. Mix ingredients together with hands until it forms dough.
  2. Spread flour on counter top and rolling pin. Roll dough evenly, to 1/4-1/2" thickness.
  3. With ring cutter, jar or measuring cup, cut into rounds.
  4. Cook round cakes in a pan on the stovetop on medium heat with pat of butter and splash of oil until they are golden on both sides (approximately 3 minutes per side).
  5. Sprinkle with sugar straight from frier, and serve with jam butter, bacon or sausages.

Chef Daniel Orr

Chef Daniel Orr is the owner of FARMbloomington and the author of several cookbooks. He draws from a lifelong curiosity about individual ingredients combined with extensive training in the art of finding food’s true essence and flavor. The result is simple, yet sophisticated; the best of American food tempered by classic European training.

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  • Kathy

    Where the recipe calls for “3 ounces plain flour,” shouldn’t that be granulated sugar?

  • Kathy

    I hadn’t heard of Welsh Cakes before, but these sounded really good, so I tried them. In fact, I tried them three ways: with all-purpose flour, white whole wheat flour, and red whole wheat flour. All were delicious, but we preferred the whole wheat ones, both of which tasted different from each other, both of which were delicious. Here’s my blogpost about it:

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