Elizabeth Jane Corbett

writing her way home

How to make Pice Bach

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Life has been unbelievably busy since returning home – with interviews, articles to write, library work to catch up on, a language to keep learning, and a family all deserving of my time.

I have thought about blogging so many times, but it has never quite happened. Today, at last I show up with a recipe. The Anglicised name for this sweet treat is Welsh cakes. But the Cymraeg is so much more evocative – Pice Bach ar y maen – little cakes baked on the stone.

Cynhwsion – Ingredients

  • 8 owns blawd hunan-codi (hint: hunan-codi means self raising)
  • 3 owns menyn (butter)
  • pinsio halen (I leave the salt out)
  • 3 owns cwrens (currants)
  • pinsio sbeis cymsyg (mixed pice)
  • Wy (an egg – the w is supposed to have a little accent but I don’t know how to achieve this, yet)
  • tipyn bach llaeth i gymysgu (a little milk to mix)
Dull – method
  • Rhwbio ‘r menyn i mewn i’r blawd hunan-codi nes iddo edrych fel brwision bara – rub the butter into the self raising flour until it looks like the bread crumbs 
  • Ychwanegu y cynhwysion sych, yr wy a ‘r llaeth – add the dry ingredients, the egg and the milk
  • Cymysgu i does ffyrm – mix to a firm dough
  • Rholio allan, a thorri yn grwn – roll out and cut into rounds
  • Pobi ar y maen dros wres cymedrol – cook on the stone (cast iron pan will do) over a medium heat.

Mmm … delicious – mwynhau!
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4 Comments

  1. Love the recipe. One of my characters- who lived in Swansea- made Welsh cakes and now you’ve brought them to life. Thanks – & welcome back!

  2. Hi Hanner, happy St David’s Day! And thanks for this post my Welsh cousins sent me today. My London-Welsh mother often made these for us when we were growing up. –Edwin

  3. Diolch yn Fawr! I hope you enjoy making Welsh cakes. I had a London-Welsh mother too. She married a Sais! Then brought me to Australia. I taught myself to make Welsh Cakes. 🙂

  4. Diolch yn Fawr! I hope you enjoy making Welsh cakes. I had a London-Welsh mother too. She married a Sais! Then brought me to Australia. I taught myself to make Welsh Cakes. 🙂

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