One of our favorite ways to get to know a country and its people is sharing a meal with the locals. Since we aren’t traveling to far-away countries right now, we’ve gathered some recipes and tips to help you have a Welsh food experience at home. So make a couple of these fantastic Welsh dishes and dig in – you’ll visit Wales with traditional Welsh recipes!!
Breakfast and Brunch Recipes
Welsh pancakes, or Crempog, are slightly sweeter, smaller, and fluffier than American pancakes. They take a little longer to put together, but wow! – the extra time is well-spent!! They get extra leavening from buttermilk, vinegar, and baking soda, as well as longer resting time. They’re fantastic with berries, or butter and jam. If you want to make your meal heartier, add to your menu Anglesey Eggs (Wyau Mon), a breakfast casserole with boiled eggs, potatoes, leeks, and cheese – what’s not to love??
Recipes for Teatime
Every Welsh person keeps a supply of Welsh Cakes (Cacennau Cri) or Bara Brith (“speckled bread” a lightly spiced bread with dried fruits soaked in tea) on hand at home for anyone who pops in for a cuppa (tea). Welsh Cakes were originally cooked on a bakestone over a fire. These recipes bake up easily and are so tasty, you may need to tuck a few Welsh Cakes and slices of Bara Brith away for visitors. We recommend ordering caster sugar (a finer grind than American granulated, but not our confectioners sugar) for this recipe. When the cacennau cri are hot from the oven, pour yourself a cuppa, or panad of tea and relax with a good Welsh book, like Last Tango in Aberystwyth, or Welsh TV show (Gavin & Stacey comes to mind), and you’ll find yourself transported to Wales.
Recipes for Mealtime
How about some Welsh soup for supper? This Leek and Stilton Soup is outstanding, as is the recipe for Cawl/Lobscouse, a clear soup made with lamb, leek, potatoes, onion, carrots, and turnip root. If you prefer beef, that works as well. Enjoy either soup with some crusty bread and a small mixed salad. Or if you prefer, try your hand at Welsh Rarebit – what some people call fancy cheese toast. This recipe works well, cooks up quickly, and contains relatively common ingredients.
Did you visit Wales with Welsh recipes? What’s your favorite Welsh food? Which of these recipes did you try? Let us know in the comments! Ready to extend your stay in Wales? Virtually tour some of the fantastic Welsh gardens and castles, or enjoy some Welsh culture – television shows, films, books, and music. And when you’re ready to travel, contact us – we’ll empower you to travel, create your dream trip, and book your travel for you!!
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