Happy St David’s Day!

Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus i!

Today the world celebrates St David’s Day, the national day of Wales. On March 1st every year Welsh people around the world commemorate St David who died on this day in 589AD. Legend has it that St David advised the Britons on eve of battle with the Saxons to wear leeks in their hats so that they could distinguish friend from foe. Today many people wear leeks on St David’s Day and soldiers in the Welsh regiments traditionally eat a raw leek to commemorate the saint.

To help you celebrate the day, take a look at our great recipe for Welsh Cakes.


Welsh Cakes


  • 225g plain flour
  • 100g butter, cubed
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 50g currants
  • ½tsp baking powder
  • ¼tsp mixed spice (I didn’t have mixed spice so I used a mixture of ground ginger and cinnamon which was delicious)
  • 1 egg
  • A pinch of salt
  • A little milk


  1. Sift the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, mixed spice, salt) together in a mixing bowl.
  2. Rub the butter into the dry ingredients, until it has a breadcrumb consistency.
  3. Stir in the sugar and fruit, pour in the egg and mix to form a dough. Use a small amount of milk if the mixture is too dry.
  4. Roll the dough out on to a lightly floured surface to about the thickness of a pound coin, and use a pastry cutter to cut out rounds.
  5. Cook the cakes on a greased baking stone or griddle until golden. The heat should not be too high, otherwise the cakes will burn on the outside and be raw in the middle.
  6. Once cooked sprinkle with caster sugar and serve with butter.
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