Lemon and Thyme Welsh Cakes

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  Welsh traditionalists would say but they are delicious.

Lemon and Thyme Welsh Cakes (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 – 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 Comments Add yours

  1. I’m obsessed with Lemon and Thyme in sweet things, these sounds delicious! I can’t wait to make them. I made fudge with lemon and thyme last christmas and gave it as gifts, I think everyone was really surprised with the combination! http://riversidebaking.com/2012/12/16/homemade-christmas-gift-four-lemon-and-thyme-fudge/

    1. lucylox says:

      Wow, your lemon and thyme fudge sounds amazing! It’s always great to give people a surprising flavour combo 😉

  2. thehungrymum says:

    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 🙂

    1. lucylox says:

      I agree, herby and sweet can be a great combo 🙂

  3. 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

    1. lucylox says:

      I hope you enjoyed them 🙂

  4. sylviadewy says:

    Whoa!! This looks great! Yummmmm

  5. Poppy says:

    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!

    1. lucylox says:

      It really works, give it a go 🙂

  6. Sophie33 says:

    Yummm! I made these beauties today & loved them so much, Lucy! They were a real delight & a great treat! xxx

    1. lucylox says:

      They’re quite scrummy aren’t they! And so easy to make 🙂

  7. Carolina says:

    This sounds like something really good, can imagine it warm with some butter on top and a cup of tea! ^^

    1. lucylox says:

      That’s the idea! 🙂

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