Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Apple Welsh Cakes (recipe from Cogges Manor Farm)

I love Welsh cakes, I do, but for some reason I have never made them before. The same goes for the scones, love them but always buy them, especially that we have a fab little cafe-bakery locally which makes fab scones. On the previous trip to Cogges, when we visited the kitchen, the ladies offered us some Welsh cakes and also gave me a recipe for Apple Welsch Cakes to try to make them at home. And I'm pleased to say, they turned out to be as tasty as the ones made by super-cooks at Cogges.

My great grandma Alexandra (or Shurochka as she was known among the friends and family) used to be a cook in the baron's household in the pre-1917 era. I would imagine she had a similar stove to work with. She used to tell my Mum when she was a young girl that the "downstairs" girls would not eat the food served to the "upstairs" folks because they found it very odd and unpalatable.
The master of the house once offered a golden coin to the maid for her to try one of the oysters which were served to the guests. She was very reluctant, and then started screaming as she claimed the oyster was squeaking and moving inside her throat. All the guests were amused. The maid got her coin, but from then onwards all the girls downstairs were even more suspicious of the fancy food. My great gran was reminiscing how she made the fish stock from several varieties of the best fish, and to clear the stock she would throw a handful of caviar inside (which was later discarded)... Oh, but I am digressing...

I wish I had a stove like this one!

If you visit Cogges, you could observe how the ladies in the kitchen work their magic. There's always something cooking and some tasty dishes to sample.

In the kitchen at Cogges
Apple Welsh Cakes
200g self-raising flour
100g butter
a pinch of salt
1tsp cinnamon
50g sugar
1 finely chopped apple
1 egg

Rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Add the rest of the ingredients, mixing to form a stiff dough.
Roll out fairly thinly (about 1/2cm) cut out and cook on a hot griddle, turning once.
Once cooked, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

A beautiful display of china in the kitchen at Cogges

I have followed the recipe as printed above, the only thing I did differently was to grate the apple rather than chop it, as my older son doesn't like bits in cakes (and grated fruit or veg is easier to "hide").

They were absolutely lovely hot, sprinkled with the icing sugar. Thank you for the recipe, Cogges ladies!

My Apple Welsh Cakes

P.S. I have asked permission to publish this recipe on my blog and to take the photos in the kitchen.
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  1. Oh they sound pretty special, mmmmm!!

  2. Ooh drooling,I adore Welsh cakes,the apple sounds yum.Will be favouriting this one.

  3. Thanks for sharing the recipe, they look fantastic.

  4. Oooh I used to be a student in Wales and my room mate used to bring home some fabulous Welsh cakes from her Welsh granny. I think I may have to try these out later :)

  5. They look amazing. My partner adores Welsh cakes so I'll pass this to him and he can make some of his own rather than ringing his mum to make them and send them down lol.

  6. Love Welsh cakes, but have managed to burn them every time I've tried making them myself. The addition of apple is a very appealing idea. Your Oyster story made me laugh.

  7. I love Welsh cakes and this recipe looks fab. Hope you write more about your Grandmother - she sounds fascinating and I would love to hear more about her experiences. Popping over from #PoCoLo

  8. i fear i am have to stop visiting you! you make me so hungry and i am rubbish at cooking and baking!

  9. I always love your recipes and this one is no exception :). I have started to book mark your page for recipe ideas so I can start baking with Grace during the school holidays :). Thanks for linking to PoCoLo xx

  10. I've never heard of these, They sound wonderful!

  11. i have never heard of these before they sound very nice x

  12. This sounds a lovely recipe to follow on a dark, wet and windy Sunday! I think I will get my apron on this afternoon and make these for tea time!

  13. Always wondered how to make these - now I know! They look yum!