Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Vegan Welsh Cakes

This recipe I first tinkered with a few months back. Our daughter was having an event at school and part of it involved a 'feast' with Medieval foods. Several items were on their menu, and one was Welsh Cakes. The cakes weren't vegan, so I decided to come up with my own version that our daughter could bring to her feast.
I created two versions of these cakes, one with regular unbleached flour (to be very traditional), and the other with spelt flour. When making these, the batter very much resembled "tea buns" that we used to eat growing up. Those tea buns were like thick, dense scones that were very neutral in flavor other than containing butter and currants.

I also infused more flavor in the cakes with some light spices. Also, these Welsh Cakes are prepared more like pancakes, kept rather flat and also small in size. Here you see the batter rolled out ready to be cut out in circles.
Next, the circles are cooked in a pan for several minutes and then the hot cakes are coated in sugar and cooled slightly. They are rather dainty in presentation, and are traditionally eaten on their own, or spread with preserves.

These Vegan Welsh Cakes disappeared very quickly... our girls loved munching on them, as they were not only delicious but perfect kidlet 'finger food'! The recipe will be in my new, upcoming cookbook (still untitled...any ideas, btw?).

I never would have guessed that elementary school would provide recipe inspiration...

35 comments:

laci said...

Dreena-
I've never heard of "welsh cakes" but those look fantastic! I'm so excited to hear the recipe... My mum's addicted to your banana bliss pancakes with 100% real organic maple syrup on late weekend breakfasts...mmm... I'm SO excited for your next book! I'll have to think of title ideas...
Here are just a few off the top of my head:
"Animal-free family cookbook"
"Bona Petite Vegan"
" the Vegan Family Table"
" all american eats without the animal products"
I could probably help more once I know the theme! =)

Sarah said...

ooh yes please!

DJ Karma (of Vegspinz) said...

Looks like English muffins! Sounds delicious!

shelby said...

Wow, those look amazing! Seriously. I cannot wait for your next cookbook!!!

Anonymous said...

New Cook Book!!!!
Yeah!
How about "VegaNation"

Alisa said...

They look a lot like English muffins to me too! I am horrible with names, but your cooking is always on the healthy side, and from scratch, I think both of these things are important to relay in a title.

Happy Vegan Lady said...

Yum yum yum, they look delicious! If any ideas for names strike me, I'll be sure to post.

Sanja said...

You really are going to write a new cookbook? YAY!!!

Doug said...

"The recipe will be in my new, upcoming cookbook (still untitled...any ideas, btw?)."

How about:"

- Yummy Recipes That Don't Contain Animals
- The Way of the Vegan
- Vegan on a Budget
- Recipes from Dreena's Vegan Test Kitchen

Lovliebutterfly said...

They seriously look nice! Yum!

aimee said...

Oh, Yummy! Anything that is scone-like wins in my book! Yippee for another cookbook! I'm guessing by the time it comes out I'll have made just about every other recipe you've ever published!

Jill said...

How about "I'm Vegan' It"? As in the McD's slogan, "I'm Lovin' It", and a tribute to your awesome ability to Vegan-ize non-Vegan things.

Clare said...

Woohoo! As a welsh vegan from Cardiff. I officially declare that these vegan welsh cakes look both authentic and fantastic. I can't wait to try the recipe. We do still eat these by the way. :)

The Little Mama said...

Ooh, another cookbook! How exciting!

Ruby Red Vegan said...

I am so excited that you're coming out with a new cookbook! Any idea of when it will be released? Of course I knew you had enough amazing ideas to put together another cookbook, but I am happy you mentioned the idea so soon after ed&bv! I wish I had a witty title to throw out there.

The Welsh cakes look amazing! Your daughter must have been really grateful to have some of her own yummies to make people drool over at Medieval Day!

eleanor said...

mmm, lookin' good! also, i made your broccoli-mushroom-walnut phyllo pie and scallopped potatoes from vlv for some family friends (sorta like a catering thing) and they loved them!

for the cookbook name...what about
"vegging your bets" like hedging your bets haha as in youre eating lotsa diff plant foods instead of investing only in gross processed/meat/dairy foods. wow i overthought that one maybe..but it just popped into my head!

The Veg Next Door said...

What's this? A new cookbook? Wow! If you need a recipe tester I would love to help out.

By the way, I gave my sister-in-law Vive for Xmas (it was hard choosing which one) and I made a list of my faves. I can't wait to hear her results.

Katy said...

Ooh, I'm excited for the new cookbook!!!

The Veg Next Door said...

Oh, and I like Eleanor's title idea...Vegging your Bets.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Dreena,

I just got all three of your current cookbooks for Christmas. I made my first recipe last night for the spicy thai chili. It was, without a doubt, awesome!

As for ideas for your next cookbook's title, you've already done a Latin take off, so here's one more: "Veni, Vidi, Vegan" (lol...we came, we saw, we made it with veggies)

Or, a Julia Child take off: "The Art of Vegan Cooking".

Thanks for helping make veganism accessible and tasty!

Carrie™ said...

Welsh cakes! Yummy!!
I've been peeking in on you now and again, and I must have missed something somewhere. A NEW COOKBOOK??!!! WOOT!WOOT! Do you have any idea when it's due to be published? If you need any testing done, I'd be more than willing to lend my hands again. E-mail me and let me know - scarycarrie_ca@yahoo.com
Ooooo!! I'm so excited for your new book!!

aTxVegn said...

New cookbook??!!! Yay!!!!

Those welsh cakes look amazing and if kids liked them, I know they were fantastic.

christine said...

dreena i just wanted you tell you i made your broccoli teriyaki cashew stir fry tonight and it was amazingggggg! so delicious! i have a lot of cookbooks and i'm an extremely picky eater but i find that your recipes are the most consistent and i will not be hesitant to make the entire batch! you are a brilliant cook and i am excited to get your next cookbook! xoxo

Vegan Info said...

Those look so yummy! I added your link to my Vegan Info LJ - a plethora of Vegan Links.

http://veganinfo.livejournal.com/

Have a happy day :)

Rebecca said...

Hello,

I really enjoy your cookbooks. I just made the peanut butter chocolate bars the other day, and loved them too much!
My husband and I were in Swansea, Wales last summer and he sampled some Welsh cakes from the open market and said they were very tasty. I look forward to your new recipes.

Karen said...

This recipe looks great! I can't wait to try it. My grandfather emigrated from Wales so it will be a wonderful way to honor him.

Juliet said...

Whoa!! Those look sooooo good!

Koko said...

A new cookbook!? Oh I am SO excited!!!!! Can't wait!

Amey said...

wow, great news about a new cookbook. I've got all your other ones, and I love them so much. hmmm... as far as names, I"ll put my thinking cap on.

Tam said...

Oh, no.....another yummy recipe I must wait for. ... Best of luck with your new book!

Tam

elephantbeans said...

yum!

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