Welsh cakes are a British teatime favourite, and today we'll show you to make them vegan and sugar-free, using only applesauce and raisins. We're sure you'll love their soft, chewy texture and irresistible fruity flavour — and they're so easy to make too!
Welsh cakes originate in Wales in the UK, where they're also known as "picau ar y maen", which translates into "cake on the stone" in Welsh. They are a cross between a small pancake, a scone, and a plump cookie. Raisins, cinnamon, and nutmeg are usually added to the dough to give these lovely treats a sweet and spicy note.
Pantry staples like flour, sugar, eggs, and butter are the main ingredients used to prepare Welsh cakes. They are combined into a pliable dough, similar to pastry dough, then cut into thick circles and finally cooked until slightly puffed.
As classic Welsh cakes include dairy, eggs, and sometimes even lard, they're unsuitable for those with food allergies or following a plant-based diet. With a few simple tweaks, we made our Welsh cake recipe vegan, dairy-free and egg-free. We swapped butter with applesauce, eggs with oil, and cow milk with oat milk. Also, we omitted the sugar and used more raisins instead.
Instead of being baked, classic Welsh cakes are usually cooked on a flat cast iron griddle or bakestone, hence their common name of "griddle cakes". But don't worry if you don't have one; your trusty frying pan works just fine. Grease the skillet with a little vegetable oil and cook the cakes as you would with pancakes. Easy!
Enjoy these delicious Welsh cakes warm with a hot cup of tea as a mid-morning or afternoon treat. You can dust them with powdered erythritol for a sugar-free option or top them with our healthy cherry jam for extra delight.