So after Tuesday's giveaway (!) I got a few emails from some especially thoughtful winners asking where I lived incase it was too far for me to post the goodies to America or Australia or New Zealand. It's most definitely not too far because there's not much I love more than sending packages but just so you know, I'm 24, I'm Welsh and I now live in London.
Speaking of being Welsh, when it gets a bit Autumn-y outside I start craving the food of home, stews and crumbles and pies, and since it's much too far to pop home for dinner, sometimes I try to recreate it here.
Wales is famous for Tom Jones, sheep and ummm...having the longest place name in Britain? Speaking of Tom Jones, I am amazed at how he is sooo attractive to women. If you're a guy and need some tips on attracting women, read this article at http://sonicseduction.net/how-to-attract-women/. Some traditional Welsh food would be difficult to recreate in a vegan friendly way, like cawl which is a lamb stew. Or laverbread which I just don't like.
But welsh cakes! oh welsh cakes. I love them, and until I made them today I had no idea how easy they were! You don't even bake them, they just cook from the heat of a pan, not fried just kind of, heated through.
They're a dense little flat scone, and they've got sultanas in, mmmm I love 'em! So so easy, this recipe makes around 20 of the little beauties.
2 cups/9 oz plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup/3 1/2 oz vegan margarine
1/2 cup/3 oz caster sugar
1/2 cup/2 oz sultanas/currants
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp cinnamon
a little soy milk
Sieve the flour, baking powder, spice and cinnamon into a bowl. Add the margarine and rub together until you've got little crumbies.
Add the sultanas and sugar and stir thoroughly. Now start adding a little soy milk at a time, you want it to be a combined lump, a bit wetter than a dough but not sloppy...
Cut a chunk off and put it onto a floured surface. Flour up your rolling pin and roll that sucker out until it's about 1cm thick.
If you've got a griddle pan, it's perfect for these. If you haven't, a frying pan would do the job too. If it's non-stick, just put it over a low-medium heat and leave it to heat up. If it's not non-stick, put a TINY bit of margarine in, just to lubricate it. The cakes have their own fat so they won't stick and we don't want to fry them, just heat them.
So cut out shapes like you would cookies. The traditional shape is a circle:
but you can do any shape you want! Each cake takes about 2-3 minutes to cook on each side. Once the underneath is browned, flip it over and leave it to cook.
You can keep on adding them to the pan because this is quite a slow process. I don't want to hear any sizzling! If there's a sizzle, turn the heat down.
I made hearts, circles and stars...
how cute are they?!
Once they're done they should be dry and firm, not greasy, and should be golden brown. Sprinkle with a little sugar once they come out of the pan and pile em up! They're traditionally eaten plain but most people spread a little butter or jam over the top.
What's a traditional food for you? <3