Friday, 28 February 2014

Recipes for St Davids Day

It's St Davids day tomorrow. 
1st March

The Patron Saint of Wales

And as I am Welsh, in our house, we celebrate with various national dishes & customs.

Today I have chosen 2 of my favourite dishes my Gran used to make 
Baked Leeks & Griddle Cakes

Baked Leeks
serves 2 as a main dish or 4 as a side dish
pre heat oven to 180C / 160C Fan / Gas 4

Hand full of 5 or 6 large leeks
half pint of Bechamal Sauce
2oz Bread Crumbs
Handful chopped parsley
Lemon zest for half a lemon
2 oz Caerphilly Cheese cut, or broken, into rough chunks

First of all you need to peel the leeks and wash well to remove all the grit.
 Chop into inch long rings and blanched in boiling water
 for just a few minuets and then immediately rinsed with cold water & drained thoroughly. 

Next make the topping. In a bowl mix together the bread crumbs, parsley, 
lemon zest, half the cheese, a pinch of Salt and a couple of grinds of black pepper.

Place the leeks into an oven to table pie dish and pour over the sauce.
Sprinkle on the topping. Do not go to near to the edge of the dish
 & try to mound the topping higher in the center.
 This allows the juices to bubble up around the topping to make a lovely sticky edge. 
Finally pop on the remaining cheese and bake for 20 to 25 mins. 

If eating as a simple meal for lunch serve with a crusty whole grain bread and real butter.
 As a side dish it goes really well with most lamb dishes, sausages or with  roast.


Griddle Cakes

8oz plain flour
4oz butter
3oz caster sugar
2oz currants
Zest of a lemon
½tsp baking powder
¼tsp mixed spice
1 egg
A pinch salt
A little milk to bind

Sift the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, mixed spice) together into a mixing bowl. Cut up the butter and rub into the flour. 
Stir in the sugar,lemon zest and fruit, pour in the egg and mix to form a dough, use a little milk if the mixture is a little dry.

 Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to about the thickness of a biscuit and, using a pastry cutter, cut out rounds.

 Cook the cakes on a greased bake stone or griddle until golden. The heat should not be too high, as the cakes will cook on the outside too quickly, and not in the middle. 
Once cooked sprinkle with caster sugar and serve with butter.

Happy St Davids Day

Printable Recipe

 welsh cake