Gluten-Free Welsh Cakes for St David's Day
A gluten-free take on Welsh Cakes, or Pic ar ya Maen - a traditional Welsh tea time classic
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Welsh
Serves: 24
  • 225g self raising flour or for gluten free, use a white flour blend (Doves works well) + 1 tsp baking powder
  • 75g caster sugar
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 110g butter (organic/Grass Fed such as Kerrygold ideal)
  • 75g dried mixed fruit
  • 1 small egg
  1. First, sift together the flour, caster sugar & nutmeg. Cut the butter into small chunks and rub it into the dry mix, as you would for making pastry. When the mixture becomes crumbly add in the fruit. Beat the egg and then add this into the mixture, working it into a dough. I have found that adding a dribble of extra water or milk helps if using GF flour and the mix is too dry and won’t come together.
  2. Move the dough onto a lightly floured worktop and roll out to ½ centimetre thick. Using a 6.5cm circular cookie cutter cut the dough into rounds. Keep re-rolling the left-overs until all the dough is used up.
  3. Using kitchen paper lightly smear the griddle pan all over with butter and warm over a medium heat. Cook the cakes in batches for 3 minutes each side until golden browned - making sure that they are cooked on the inside as well as the out.
  4. Sprinkle with a little extra caster sugar and serve warm. Some Welshies serve with extra butter on top. This was not our family tradition!
I'm aware that this recipe uses white sugar, which is not an ingredient I advocate. Enjoy these in moderation. I hope in future to adapt this recipe using Xylitol or coconut palm sugar instead for a healthier kick.
Recipe by Natural Kitchen Adventures at