It's a book produced by Macmillan Cancer Support called The Little Book of Treats packed full with mouthwatering recipes sent in by keen bakers up and down the UK as well as some celebrity recipes including Quick bites, Cupcakes and buns, Cakes, tarts and tea breads.
The book is promoting the Macmillan Cancer Support's "World's Biggest Coffee Morning" which takes place every year on the last Friday in September and is published in the hope that it may inspire people to hold their own coffee morning to help raise funds.
I thought I'd have a go at making the Welsh cakes.
500g self raising flour
250g butter or hard margarine
180g caster sugar, plus extra to sprinkle
250g currants (I used sultanas)
2 medium eggs
1/4 tsp salt
You could add some mixed spice for extra flavour
1. Sieve the flour and salt into a large bowl. Add the butter and rub into the flour. Add the sugar and currants. Bind together with the eggs. The mixture should now resemble a soft pastry.
2. Roll out the dough to about 1-1.5cm thick on a lightly floured surface. Use a cutter to make round cakes.
3. Warm up a griddle or heavy-based frying pan. When the griddle has warmed up, keep on a medium heat. Cook the cakes so they're brown on both sides, about 5 minutes each side. If you think the cakes are cooking too quickly, turn the heat down further, otherwise they may look like THIS!
They had suggested to do a test run of 1 just in case you don't guage the heat correctly. I cooked four because I'm impatient and ruined them all.
The next batch were a lot better
4. Cool on a wire rack and sprinkle with sugar. Spread them with a little butter or enjoy on their own.
Not absolutely sure whether I'd make them again - I think I prefer the conventional way of baking scones. But hey ho you don't know until you try. As my dear late dad used to say "If at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again - I must remember that!
I'm hoping to run one of these coffee mornings in September to support this very worthwhile charity. Have you ever been to, or been involved with one?