Monday, 19 March 2012

Random Recipe Challenge: Jamie Oliver's Welsh Cakes from Jamie's Great Britain

One of the good things about this month's Random Recipe Challenge from Dom at Belleau Kitchen, was that it forced me to count my cookbooks. The idea was to get to 17 and then stop, but then I realised that I didn't actually know how many I had. And now I do: 39. And, as I ran my finger along the bookcase, the 17th cookbook I came to was Jamie's Great Britain.

And the recipe - chosen at random from a semi-closed flick of the pages - was Wonderful Welsh Cakes on page 192. Nice.

These were really simple to make, helped by the fact that you only need a few storecupboard ingredients such as flour, caster sugar, butter and egg. Jamie scatters some dried fruit through his dough, but knowing my children would spend ages picking them out before eating, I chose to leave that bit out and save them the bother. I split the cakes when cool and filled them with whipped cream, sweetened with a little sugar - and some sliced fresh strawberries. They looked amazing, and a bit posh, too.

To look at, they're a lot like flattened scones, but they have a soft, shortbread-like texture to them; not as doughy as a scone. And you cook them for 4 minutes on each side in a large, dry frying pan so they're super quick to make, too.

I loved them, and the girls took a couple to school the next day in their packed lunches. These would be great for a little tea party or a street party for the Queen's Jubilee in the summer and I will be making them again. I'll maybe even have a play with some different flavours next time. Watch this space....