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Someone mentioned the combination of lemon and thyme in a sweet context the other day. It’s a pairing that I’d only ever really thought about as a savoury thing. I’ve never seen lemon and thyme welsh cake (lemons and thyme a bit more Mediterranean) but since I really like welsh cakes, I thought why not? I’ve left out sultanas as my children don’t like them.

Wow, it certainly does work! Citrusy and fragrant little drop scones sprinkled with sugar – not sure what ย Welsh traditionalists would say but they are delicious.

Lemon and Thyme Welsh Cakesย (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)


makes 8-12

  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup dairy-free spread
  • 1/4 cup of caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup sultanas
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsps oat milk
  • 1 tbsp thyme (preferably lemon) chopped finely
  • caster sugar, to sprinkle

– Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and spice into a bowl.

– Rub in the spread until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs

– Stir in the sugar, lemom zest and thyme.

– Add the oat milk and lemon juice and mix to form a slightly sticky dough.

– Roll out on a floured board and cut out shaped with a cookie cutter โ€“ circles are the traditional shape but any would be fine.

– Heat a dry non-stick frying pan (or any frying pan wiped with a smear of spread)

– When hot add the cakes and dry fry/griddle for 2-3 minutes on either side until golden.

– Sprinkle with caster sugar and serve.

– To reheat warm in an oven or microwave


15 Responses

  1. I saw this photo and said, oooh that looks nice! I love savoury herbs in baked goods – I have a couple of recipes on my blog that include rosemary in ‘sweet’ things. It somehow works ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I am so excited to see a recipe for Welsh cakes and one that I can adapt to our wheat and gluten-free needs too. Just wish I was at home now and could give these a whirl – my little man will be so excited! Thanks

  3. They look so light, I must try them and love the flavour combination, I’ve seen it in recipes quite a lot but have never dared to try it!

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