Friday, March 21, 2014

Secret Cravings' Secret Recipes: Author Dilys J. Carnie

 Welcome to Secret Recipes. As you all know, the authors you love know how to cook up some amazing romances. But, did you know that most of us also love to cook, bake and grill? Sometimes our characters even request that we make something they like just so we can share it with you, the readers. This is the place for you to find all of those recipes. So come on in and share a bite to eat with your favorite authors. Let's get cookin'!

Today's guest is Dilys J. Carnie and she's sharing her recipe for Welsh cakes. Please give her a warm welcome.

Welsh Cakes

I have lived in Wales for forty years, a small Island called Anglesey. Welsh Cakes are as well-known as the flower of our country which is off course the daffodil.
Spread with thick butter hot from the griddle is so yum, yum!

Welsh Cakes originate from Wales, a country of the United Kingdom. Made from simple pantry items like flour, sugar, milk and butter, Welsh Cakes are considered a special treat since they take a great deal of time and effort to make. Being griddled, they pretty much must be made by hand and this is why there are very few commercial makers of these cakes in the world. Traditionally they were cooked over a hot bake-stone but iron griddles were later used and are now the predominant method used to cook them. They have gone by a few different names since their inception including their Welsh language names “cage bach” or "picau ar y maen" but also they are known as "Griddle Cakes", "Welsh Tea Cakes" and "Welsh Miner Cakes". 

225g/8oz plain flour
·  100g/4oz butter
·  75g/3oz caster sugar
·  50g/2oz currants
·  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 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. Use a pastry cutter to 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.
As an alternative you can try mixed dried fruit or tropical fruit. Some grated lemon or orange rind is also good. Add a little orange juice, zest and icing sugar to some soft butter to serve with the Welsh cakes.

Trauma from her past almost destroys happiness in her future.

But then she meets Tyler. Quite literally he bumps into the back of her car on his motor bike sparks fly and not just from metal on metal. His natural instinct to care for her softens her resilience to the male species, one man in particular. For the first time ever Lilly thinks she might just have the chance of a normal life…until her past sets out to destroy her future.

 He doesn’t understand his need to protect Lilly, but those eyes pull him in deeper than he’s ever been before.

             From the first meeting Tyler finds that he is mesmerized by eyes of pure unadulterated pleasure. But he is coming to terms with his own losses, at a stepping stone in his life he’s not looking for anything permanent. He tries deal with his feelings and just when he thought nothing could go wrong, a moment from the past turns up threatening to end what he has only just found. Will this be an end to the happiness that he’d thought he’d finally discovered?

 Dilys, thank you so much for stopping by and sharing this with us. I can't wait to hear back from our readers


Anonymous said...

Dilys, Wales is one of the places I most long to visit. Thank you for sharing this authentic recipe. Your book sounds equally scrumptious. Madison, this recipe feature is a great addition to your blog, and I have it on my to do list:) I shared the post in several places.

Madison Sevier said...

Thanks Flossie :)) Hope to see you soon <3

Dilys J Carnie said...

Flossie, I hope that one day you get to come to Wales, it truly is a beautiful place. Thank you for taking the time to comment :)