Friday, 20 March 2015

tea in a china cup, Welsh cakes, butter and jam.


Do you love baking?
I love baking ... and if the plethora of baking ingredients/sundries in the shops is anything to go by, I am not alone.
Back in the days of our grandmothers/great grandmothers, baking was a necessity if the family was to be fed.
Nowadays we have the luxury of it being a relaxing hobby.

By the way, did anyone see the new BBC series Back in time for dinner ?
It certainly dispelled any misty eyed romanticism about the 1950s. ( the decade I was born - old or what!)
 Cooking every meal from scratch with very limited equipment and even more limited ingredients was no joke - great frocks though!



I have always loved baking, even, when as a child, it consisted mostly of messily stirring ingredients together and then eating most of the mixture before it made it into the oven.


I am pleased to say that both lovely daughters enjoy baking too as proved by the gorgeous carrot cake that daughter no. 1 made for Mother's day.

When they were little, Welsh cakes were one of the first things they made.
Younger daughter in particular used to like to make them for Sunday tea.



They are a good recipe for the inexperienced, being quick easy and delicious.
And also, a good way of learning the technique of rubbing in.

This is the recipe we always used - from Delia of course!


They are slightly crisp on the outside, soft within and fragrant with the flavour of mixed spice.


Perfect warm with butter and jam and a cup of tea ..


..in a china cup of course!



16 comments:

  1. My mouth was watering just looking at those beautiful looking welsh cakes. The china tea set was a real delight perfect for the season.

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  2. Mmm, Welsh cakes, I absolutely love them, I haven't had one in years though. I really must make some soon. And I love the cup of tea in proper china, oh you do do things well. And all so beautifully photographed. Wishing you an excellent weekend. CJ xx

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    1. Thank you. Tea in a proper china cup is a Sunday afternoon thing. The rest of the week it's tea or coffee in a mug!

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  3. Ooo! May I join you? I love a proper afternoon tea.

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  4. Do you know, I've never tried a Welsh cake. Must remedy that soon. Baking tastes best warm out of the oven, doesn't it?

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  5. What an inspiration. My main oven has gone kaput and the small oven is a bit unpredictable - the base of cakes are getting scorched and insides not getting properly done ( even though the heat comes from the top) so pan-cooked might be an option. Yes. perfect for Sunday tea. Cheers!

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  6. I've enjoyed many a Welsh cake but, thinking abut it, am not sure I've made any so must give them a go. Yes, I watched that TV programme and must say my memories of my childhood include more appetising meals than the ones shown! I'm quite taken with the idea of shopping daily for fresh food and remember women (it was mostly women doing food shopping) coming into my parents' shop and deciding what to cook that day based on what was available to buy.

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    1. Yes, daily shopping does appeal and probably means less food waste too.

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  7. I loved the first episode and can't wait for more. I'd love to pop 'round to yours for tea. I've never had a Welsh Cake. x

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  8. Yes do - I'll have the kettle on :)

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  9. I do love welsh cakes and you make them look even more tempting. x

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  10. These look yummy. I've been looking for an alternative to my current recipe to try, I shall give these a go, I wonder if they'll work with gluten free flour.

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    1. Thank you. I'm not sure how they would be with gluten free flour, but worth a try I would think.

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    2. Thank you. I'm not sure how they would be with gluten free flour, but worth a try I would think.

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