Sunday, December 30, 2018

Welsh Cakes #Recipe from Guest Jane Willan

Please welcome our guest Jane Willan!  Jane is the author of the very charming Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn mysteries.


My novels are set in Wales and my Welsh characters love to eat—especially, Sister Agatha whose favorite treat is a crispy Welsh cake with a cup of Welsh Brew tea.  I didn’t know how great Welsh cakes were until I attended the National Festival of Wales this past summer.  At the three-day festival, in addition to incredible singing, talks about Wales, and everything Welsh, there was a table set with endless Welsh cakes and tea.  And all-you-can-eat-Welsh Cake experience.  I came home wanting to make my own Welsh cakes.  Since I am not really much of a baker, I went to the internet to find the perfect recipe.  This recipe is from a BBC website “BBC Food Recipes” at

I have modified it a little for easier baking.


Preparation time   

less than 30 mins

Cooking time

less than 10 mins

Makes 6-8 welsh cakes

What you'll need:

4 cups flour

6 tablespoons salted butter, diced

1-2 cups sugar, plus extra for dusting

A handful of cranberries or currants

1 egg, beaten

A little milk

What to do:

Sift the flour into a bowl and add the diced butter.

Rub with your fingertips, or pulse in a food processor, until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. 

Add the sugar, cranberries and beaten egg and mix well to form a ball of dough, using a splash of milk if needed. 

Roll the dough out on a floured board to a thickness of about ½in. 

Cut into rounds with a 3-4in plain cutter.

Rub a bakestone or heavy iron griddle with butter, wipe away the excess and place on the hop until it is heated through.

Cook the Welsh cakes a few at a time for 2–3 minutes on each side, or until golden-brown. 

Remove from the griddle and dust with sugar while still warm.   Serve with a cup of tea!

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Reverend Jane Willan is a parish minister and author in Paxton, Massachusetts. She serves the First Congregational Church of Paxton and lives in the church parsonage with her husband Don and their two rescue dogs, Magi and Moses.

Before moving to Paxton, Jane served congregations in the Iowa Conference of the United Church of Christ in the small town of Creston and the larger-but-still-small town of Burlington, Iowa.

Before becoming an ordained pastor, Jane worked in Boston as a science editor, a freelance science writer, a teacher, and a brief stint in biological research at Harvard. In 2003, she became a full-time pastor and took her first church in Iowa.

Jane completed her undergraduate work at Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio. She has a Master of Science degree from Boston University, and a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School.  

She has published two Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn mysteries:  The Shadow of Death and The Hour of Death. 

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Twitter:  @jane_willan



  1. I lived in England for a year or so and my husband and I ventured to Wales for long weekends of hiking. Admittedly, I have never had Welsh cakes but they look delightful and easy to make.
    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

    1. you will love them. Welsh cakes are a little addictive.

  2. The recipe looks delicious. Thank you for the recipe, and this chance! areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. they are so good...have them with a cup of tea!

  3. I’ve never heard of welsh cakes before.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

    1. They are really good! I had never heard of them either until I started researching Wales for my mystery series.

  4. I've never had a Welsh cake, but those look simple and delicious. Thanks for the recipe! mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

  5. These look lovely.
    1-2 cups of sugar is quite a range. How does one decide?
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

    1. good point. 1.5 cups to mix in and a half cup for dusting.

  6. Welcome to the Kitchen, Jane! Your books sound delightful! We visited Burlington, IA several times when I was a kid -- my dad worked for a furniture company based there -- during Steamboat Days, and I loved the river front and steamboat rides.

    1. Burlington is a great place-- wonderful and welcoming people.

  7. Welsh cakes look so delectable. I will pass along this recipe to my granddaughter and see if she wants to give it a shot. Your story premise sounds so interesting. I definitely need to read!

    1. I hope your granddaughter enjoys them and I hope you enjoy Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn!

  8. Thank you for the recipe. I have had scones, but never Welsh cakes. Thank you for the book giveaway.

  9. I don't think I've ever had Welsh cakes before. My mother is from England, and the two items she has served us were scones and crumpets. My mother loves crumpets. I do, too. I love watching the butter melt into the little holes. LOL The joys we get from food. The Welsh cakes look pretty. Perfect with tea. bluedawn95864 at gmail dot com

    1. if you like crumpets and scones-- you will like welsh cakes. They are a bit heavier and more filling. Very good with tea.

  10. I've never had welsh cakes before. These look very good.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

    1. I hope you bake them-- but you can also order Welsh cakes on Amazon...

  11. I can.t wait to try those and to check out your books!
    Julie.e.boynton at gmail dot com

    1. I hope you enjoy both the Welsh cakes and the books!