These Apple Dragon Welsh Cakes are full of crisp green apples fried up on cast iron inside a sweet and crispy dough. Perfect for cold mornings, warm mornings, or basically any kind of morning.
Welsh Cakes (also known as bakestones, traditionally cooked on a cast iron skillet) are something like a cross between a pancake and a sweet English muffin. So, basically delicious.
There are several variations of Welsh Cake including: Llech Cymraeg, Jam Split, Apple Dragon, the Newport Lovely, Mynydd Cymreig (Welsh Mountain), and the Kiwi Cake. All are made with some type of flour, sugar, butter, and egg mixture with added dried fruit then all fried up in cast iron.
Today we are making Apple Dragons.
Because dragons are cool.
Apple Dragon Welsh Cakes are named for the obvious apple addition and for the symbol of Wales. Just as we have a bald eagle of freedom, they have a great dragon of awesome.
I’m going to visit them someday.
The Welsh. Not the dragons.
Dragons are dangerous. Didn’t anyone ever tell you?
You begin by combining flour and baking powder then rubbing in butter to make a mealy texture. Exactly like when you make rock cakes or biscuits.
Then you add in sugar and spices and egg and mix it all together with some chopped up apple bits.
Fry them up in the pan and you’re golden.
So are your apple dragons. Because you fried them.
Dust them with powdered sugar and eat them for breakfast, 2nd breakfast, afternoon tea, luncheon, dinner, and/or supper.
Here's What You Need:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 1 large egg, room temperature and beaten
- 1 apple, chopped (I used a Granny Smith Apple and grated half of it, but you can use any kind)
- You can also add raisins if you like, about 1/4 cup
- Powdered sugar (to go on top)
Here's What You Do:
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and baking powder and whisk together.
- Using your fingers, rub butter chunks into the flour mixture until it resembles course cornmeal. It will help if your hands are cold, so rinse them under some cold water before handling the mixture.
- Add sugar, cinnamon, and salt, mix to combine.
- Add egg to bowl, mix until combined. Dough will still seem a bit dry.
- Fold in apple chunks or grated apple. This should add enough moisture to create a nice dough. (If dough is still dry and not coming together, add a 1/2 teaspoon of milk at a time until the dough comes together)
- Flour your counter top and roll out your dough to about a 1/4- 1/2 inch thickness.
- Using the rim of a glass (doesn't really matter what size, I used a 3" diameter glass) cut out circles from your dough.
- Spray a large skillet (preferably cast iron) with cooking spray and set over medium-low heat.
- Once skillet is heated, cook each cake for about 2 1/2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
- Serve warm (though still good cold) with powdered sugar dusted on top. Also great with honey or maple syrup.
Keep in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 3 days.