Happy St. David’s Day everyone! As you (probably) know, I went to the University of Aberystwyth and since spending the best 3 years of my pre motherhood… pre Kayne life, I have fallen in love with many a Welsh thing or two. Firstly, lets just say that the Welsh coastline is by far one of the most beautiful I’ve seen in the UK. The sealife is just incredible with all the Porpoises and Jellyfish! Don’t get me wrong, swimming with Jellyfish isn’t something I like to do or intend on doing again, however, there is something spectacular about a Welsh sunset on a beach with all the Jellyfish close to the surface…its like a mini waterzorbing fest!
The Welsh have also some great dishes and little treats – I am extremely partial to a good Welsh Rarebit, however it being St. David’s Day and all I thought I’d try putting my own twist on a traditional Welshcake. I don’t have to tell you that our household are complete chocaholics, if there were a chocolate AA, we’d be there! So, what better way of adapting this classic for our family than to swap the currants for lovely chocolate chips? Now, I’m sure that there will be a Welsh person or two somewhere that will be screwing their face and waving their fist in anger – but, just humour me. Imagine all those chocolate chips turning into pools of lovely hot melted chocolate that never quite settles again and blends with the buttery taste to give you what can only can be described as mouth heaven… food porn!
The best thing about these is that all told you wont need to part with any more than 30 minutes of your day… half of an hour very well spent, methinks! Oh, and that includes the tidying up and making a good ol’ cuppa to enjoy with them too! This is probably the most foolproof bake I have EVER done… why have I not ever attempted to make these before???
In fact, let me tell you. Kayne is enjoying a little round right now. Let me tell you, that is one very happy man right there… he’s even licking his fingers afterwards… that is how good these babies are. So, let me give you the recipe…
- 225g Self Raising Flour
- 100g Salted Butter
- 55g Caster Sugar
- 60g Mixed Chocolate Chips
- 1 Large Egg
- 1Tbsp Milk
- Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl.
- Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
- Stir in the sugar and chocolate chips.
- Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and add egg and milk.
- Using a spatula, bring ingredients together to form a stiff dough.
- Place in the bridge for about 5 minutes - enough time to tidy up.
- Flour work surface and roll dough out to about 1cm in thickness. Using a fluted cutter, cut into rounds, re-rolling the trimmings.
- Cook on a moderately hot, lightly greased griddle or heavy, flat bottomed frying pan for about 3-4 minutes each side until golden.
- Serve warm with butter.
- Try adding a teaspoon of orange zest for a chocolate orange version, or use white chocolate chips and lemon zest for a fresh alternative, you can even add half a teaspoon of cinnamon, dried cranberries plumped in orange juice and dark chocolate for lovely festive version!
I hope you enjoy this recipe, do let me know! I really must end now beacuse there are only 2 left and I have got to bag myself one!