Friday, July 27, 2012

Welsh Griddle Cakes

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A.J. and Hannah will be be staying with us this week while their parents are out of town.

Their favorite meal is breakfast so, I have been on the prowl for fun, make ahead recipes. I found these Welsh Cakes while doing a search for "breakfast" on the King Arthur's Flour website. Their rating . . . 5-star! These definitely fit my criteria for a perfect kid-friendly breakfast! " The cross between a pancake and biscuit, with elements of both a cookie and muffin, sturdy enough to be eaten plain, in hand or topped with jam". As an added bonus, they're excellent the next day, reheated in the toaster! Who am I kidding? I believe I've found the perfect breakfast food for me!

A.J. And Hannah exploring our 3 acres in their electric car.

So, I made my first Welsh Griddle Cakes . . . The first batch I cooked on 325F and they were a bit pale. The second batch I set the temperature at 350F. and they cooked up nicely. I served the girls a dipping sauce of organic sour cream with my homemade pomegranate syrup pour over the top. They loved them!


My review: These are tasty biscuit/cookies with an incredible texture! They are a bit of work, but make a nice, in-hand, take it with you, breakfast or snack. I like the idea of making these as a treat for special occasions, like the feast day for Wale's patron saint, St. David, celebrated on March 1st! These cakes reminded me of my recipe for Paul Bunyon Sugar Cookies, which are incredibly tasty! Next time I will definitely make them with the currents or maybe cut up bits of cranberries! Yum!

WELSH GRIDDLE CAKES ~ makes 24 dozen 2 3/4-inch cakes

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg or combo of nutmeg and cinnamon

1/4 to 3/4 teaspoon salt (use lesser amount if using salted butter)

1 cup of butter

3/4 to 1 cup currents or chopped raisins (sultans), optional

2 large eggs beaten with enough milk added to yield 3/4-cup liquid



In a large mixing bowl add dry ingredients and whisk to thoroughly mix

Cut butter into small pieces using a large food processor or mixer until mixture is crumbly.

Mix in currants.

Mix in egg/milk until everything is moistened.

Turn sticky dough out onto a well floured surface, divide in half.
Work with half the dough at a time, keep the other half refrigerated in plastic wrap.
Add more flour to surface and gently pat dough into a 9 1/2-inch disc, 1/4-inch thick.
Using a floured biscuit cutter or glass, cut dough into circles. Gather scraps, gently form into a ball and pat to 1/4-inch and continue cutting out cakes, adding flour as needed.
Use an offset spatula knife or cookie spatula to lift cakes (I placed cakes on a parchment-lined cookie sheet right next to my electric griddle).

Heat ungreased frying pan, or electric griddle to 325-350F. cooking 2 1/2-minutes on each side or until nicely browned.

Hint: Try cooking 1 cake at 325F. adjusting heat as needed.

Serve plain, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, or with pom or berry syrup poured over sour cream, or split with butter and jam.

Left overs may be warmed in the toaster.


We all really enjoyed eating Welsh Griddle Cakes . . . Over at Julie's!!!


P.S. Can't seem to get these out of my head! Love the fact that they need no butter or honey . . . Just perfect as is!



Sunflowers . . . a weekend photo gallery

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Gotta love their sunshiny faces!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

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Every time I make herb roasted turkey breast I am amazed at how a simple turkey breast can be taken from good to WOW with the addition of fresh herbs!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Christmas in July

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Our youngest, Matt decided he wanted a big birthday party this year with the theme ~ Christmas in July! So, we loaded up our car with presents, a small cooler with drinks, an extra gallon of drinking water . . . just in case we had car trouble, and we were off!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

As Great as Haagen Daz Ice Cream

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This morning I woke up with Will puttering in the kitchen. He decided to make the most incredible recipe, an outstanding, super premium ice cream with a butterfat content of 18%. You will not find a better recipe anywhere! Believe me, we have had years to experiment with more than a few recipes.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Hot Pot Bread

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Homemade bread has a flavor and texture that's hard to beat, however, every now and then, I crave a really crusty artisan bread. This recipe satisfies that need, at a fraction of the cost, and you don't have to run to a fancy bakery!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

DIY ~ Spicy Honey Mustard

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Making your own gourmet mustard at home is fun! This recipe is so tasty on meat sandwiches, and the texture is delightful, as the individual mustard seeds pop in your mouth! It's not only easy to make, but would make a lovely a gift along with a loaf of your homemade bread! My choice would be a loaf of dark rye bread for that perfect ham on rye slathered with Spicy Honey Mustard!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Been a bit under the weather . . .

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We all have those times when we overdo and get taken out. That's what happened to me first with the flu and then a relapse because I kept pushing myself and didn't get the much rest I needed.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Declare Independence Day!

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On the 4th of July we celebrated our birth as a nation, independence from our motherland, England. Happy Birthday to all citizens of the United States!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

100 year record low temperature broken!

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This 4th of July broke the record low temperature of 90 degrees F. set back in 1912! Today, we not only had our first rainfall for the Monsoon Season, which by the way, was absolutely delightful, but our temperature hit 76 degrees F. at 2:00 PM!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Freezing Sweet Corn/Roasted Sweet Corn

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When I was a little kid, my Daddy would put in a huge garden every spring. He had an old Farmall tractor he hand cranked to get the engine started (once the crank flew off and plastering his nose flat on his face). We had to make a quick trip to the doctor's office to set his nose.