These are wonderful to have for tea on a cold day. Cook them on a baking stone or in a thick frying pan – or on an Aga, if you’re lucky enough to have one. They are a traditional part of a Welsh tea and used to be made by the hearth.
Makes 20 cakes or more mini ones as we did
350g self-raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
175g softened unsalted butter
A pinch of Halen Môn sea salt with vanilla, plus more to serve
115g caster sugar
100g chocolate, chopped
2 tbsp milk
1 beaten egg
Measure the flour and baking powder in a large bowl, and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add a pinch of the vanilla Halen Môn sea salt and mix well.
Add the sugar and the chocolate, then add the milk and beaten egg to make a firm dough.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of 5mm and stamp out your shapes.
Grease the baking stone, frying pan or Aga. Cook the cakes for about three minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
Cool the cakes on a wire rack, and dust with caster sugar and a little more vanilla Halen Môn sea salt to taste. Eat warm on the day you make them, either on their own or with butter and jam.