Apple And Almond Welsh Cakes

Apple and Almond Welsh Cakes are good alternative to cakes if you don’t have time to bake and trust me your kids will like it. These are what I make when we decide we want something for tea but there is not enough time to bake a cake. They are incredibly simple to put together and are fried on the hob, so they are fun to cook with children. Like scones, they are best eaten straight away.

YIELD: 12 cakes

INGREDIENTS

  • 100 g cold, unsalted butter, cubed, plus extra for frying
  • 130 g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 50 g ground almonds
  • 40 g caster sugar, plus extra to serve
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • A few gratings of nutmeg
  • 40 g raisins
  • 1 sweet apple, peeled, cored and cut into tiny dice
  • 1 egg, well beaten

Directions To MakeĀ Apple And Almond Welsh Cakes

  1. Sieve the flour into a mixing bowl and add the cubes of butter. By hand with the tips of your fingers, or with a few pulses of a food processor, rub the butter into the flour until the pieces are no smaller than petit pois.
  2. Add a pinch of salt and the rest of the ingredients, except the egg. Mix together well and Stir in the egg with a fork until the mixture starts to form clumps. Bring the mixture together to form a dough, handling it as little as possible.
  3. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Dust a work surface with flour and roll out the dough to about 1 cm thick. Using a 6 cm round cutter, cut out 12 circles, pressing any off-cuts together and re-rolling as necessary.
  5. Melt some butter in a frying pan over a medium heat and fry the Welsh cakes in batches for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  6. Sprinkle with caster sugar to serve.
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