Monday, August 17, 2015

Griddle Cookies: Chocolate Chip & Walnut Welsh Cakes

CookBook Bites: Chocolate Chip & Walnut Welsh Cakes
Cookbook Bites Chocolate Chip & Walnut Welsh Cakes

We've been remodeling our kitchen this summer and the oven should get here in about a week. (Yay!) It was going to get here earlier this month, but we were told it was on backorder. I've been itching to bake so when researching griddle cookies, Welsh Cakes came up time and time again. A couple of years ago my mom made Welsh Cakes for our family Christmas party. They looked like little silver-dollar-sized pancake-cookies. I was wondering about making these in the electric skillet and maybe if they'd work without the currants, since I usually don't have those on hand.

My Welsh Cakes turned out a little bigger, because I used a biscuit cutter. They seemed more like a little scone and made a perfect tea cake. They're a sweet, soft biscuit. I hope you enjoy making these! The house smells great like I've been baking even though I had to use the electric skillet and not an oven or cast iron skillet. :) Learn more about Welsh Cakes on Wikipedia.

BTW - If you like the Welsh Cakes you might like the Blackberry Cobbler recipe reviewed on Cookbook Bites. The biscuits on the cobbler turned out just right!

Milka chocolate bar for the Welsh Cakes
Milka milk chocolate bar chopped and stirred into the flour for the Welch Cakes.

Adding the wet ingredients to the Welsh Cake dough.
The process of making a "well" in the flour and adding the wet ingredients to the Welsh Cake dough.

Welsh Cakes dough, ready to roll out.
This is a very soft dough that sticks to the counter, knead in extra flour until it's workable and doesn't stick to your hands.

Welsh cake in frying pan while cooking.
A Welsh cake in the electric frying pan while cooking.

Chocolate Chip & Walnut Welsh Cake
The finished "cookie" Chocolate Chip & Walnut Welsh Cake. They're the consistency of a flaky baking powder biscuit, but sweet like a cookie or dessert scone.

Griddle Cookies: Chocolate Chip & Walnut Welsh Cakes

Dry Ingredients
1 C Whole Wheat Pastry four
1 C Unbleached flour (+1/2 to 1 C to knead in)
2 T high fiber oat bran cereal
1 T baking powder
1/4 t nutmeg (fresh ground)
1/2 t salt
1/2 C Splenda
1/4 C granulated white sugar
1 C butter (Cut into dry flour)
1 bar chocolate chopped (about 1/2 C)
1/2 C walnuts chopped (optional)

Wet Ingredients
2 eggs
1/2 C milk
1 t vanilla

Combine dry ingredients in mixing bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter. Next create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the eggs, milk and vanilla and stir to combine, don't over mix. Turn out onto floured counter and add flour until it stops sticking to your hands. The dough should still be fairly soft. Flour countertop then roll dough out to 1/2 inch thickness and cut out cookies with a round cookie or biscuit cutter. Melt small amount of butter in electric skillet and fry the cookie for 5-7 minutes on each side. Keep temps around 275-300 degrees, keeping an eye on them while they're cooking. The should look brown like a biscuit when done and will be flaky on the inside. Remove from pan to cool. The traditional recipes suggest sprinkling with sugar, but these were plenty sweet and I opted to not do that.

This recipe on Cookbook Bites was created by Suzanne Nikolaisen.

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