Happy St David’s Day

St David (Dewi Sant) is the patron saint of Wales, and he lived, oh, around the 6th century. I really wanted to make raisin-y little Welsh cakes today to celebrate the holiday, but couldn’t find one of these:

None of the modern cooking stores seem to offer much cookware that’s not non-stick, let alone cast iron (at least unenameled), even though it’s one of the best materials there is for durability and even heat distribution.

Welsh cakes are also called bakestones (another name, too, for the heavy iron griddle), or griddle scones, and in Welsh are picau ar y maen which I don’t know how to pronounce. They are like English scones in composition, but obviously are baked differently. Here’s someone else’s recipe and perhaps by next St David’s Day I will have myself sorted and make them so I can offer my own recipe, and a photo.

Until then, Dydd Gwyl Dewi hapus!



Filed under baking, bread, food, Wales

2 responses to “Happy St David’s Day

  1. bethesdabakers

    Hi Emily

    At the first Bethesdabakin’ event in 2007 we bought Dan Lepard a bakestone to thank him for the session he ran there. Came from http://www.welshbakestone.co.uk/index.htm

    Very heavy serious bit of kit.


  2. Hi Mick,

    That’s impressive! My stepmum told me she has one in Maine, and is planning to bring it over when they visit in May. If that’s too daunting, this is good to know about. Thanks!


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