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Easter Fun | Mini Egg Welsh Cakes Recipe

April 9, 2022
welsh cake easter recipe

Easter is about spending quality time with the family. Why not get the kids involved in this really easy and fun Easter themed Mini Egg Welsh Cakes recipe?

If you’ve never tasted a Welsh cake before, we cannot recommend them enough! Although they are made with simple ingredients that most people keep in their cupboards, such as flour, sugar, milk and butter, they really are a special treat. They can be described as a cross between a cookie, scone and pancake but are cooked traditionally over a hot bakestone, as opposed to baked.

There are undoubtedly many different ways to make Welsh cakes, with many families having their own recipe which has been passed down through the generations. The recipe below is for an Easter themed Mini Egg Welsh cake recipe, but you can experiment with adding different spices, fruit and even different chocolate. Whatever takes your fancy!

Mini Egg Welsh Cakes Recipe

Ingredients

Makes approx 20 Welsh cakes

  • 110g salted butter
  • 225g self raising flour
  • 85g caster sugar
  • 80g bag of Cadburys Mini Eggs
  • 1 or 2 free-range eggs

Method

  • Sieve the flour in a bowl. Add the butter and rub in finely together.
  • Next add the sugar and chopped up mini eggs and mix together.
  • Add 1 lightly whisked egg to the bowl and mix. The mixture should come together in a dough. If the mixture is too dry, add an extra egg.
  • Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface until about 5mm (1/4 inch) in thickness.
  • Cut using a 7.5cm (3 inch) a cutter (we chose a heart cutter), then cook on a seasoned bakestone or frying pan which has been lightly greased with butter. Cook on a medium heat for 3-4 minutes each side, or until golden brown.
  • Cooking time will vary depending on what you are using to cook your Welsh cakes. Too short and they will be raw in the middle, too long and they will be dry. The best way to tell if they are cooked is if they are springy to touch and the mixture isn’t wet in the middle.
  • Once they are cooked, remove from the bakestone/pan, dust with caster sugar and tuck in! We love a warm Welsh cake but they can also be enjoyed cool.

Looking for another recipe to cook on your Welsh bakestone? Why not try our bake stone crumpet recipe.

Bake Stone Crumpet Recipe

Crumpets on a bakestone

What is a Welsh Bake Stone?

Bake stones are traditionally associated with Wales and the cooking of Welsh cakes. They are basically a type of griddle and are heated up and used to cook food.

The old fashioned bake stone was made of cast iron. These days the Welsh bake stone has improved. Valley Mill’s Welsh Bake Stone is 10mm thick high quality pickled steel which is harder, stronger and has a better heat retention than the old fashioned wrought iron bake stones, whilst keeping the same rustic look.

Want to make traditinal Welsh Cakes?

Check out our Lockdown Baking article for this fantastic recipe.

Seasoning and caring for a bake stone

We often get people visiting our stores who have inherited a bakestone from a family member but have no idea how to use it. An important step before using one is seasoning it, which means to add a natural non-stick coating. It also protects the surface of your bakestone and prevents rusting.

Seasoning Instructions

  • There is a protective oil coating on our bakestones, which needs to be removed before use. To do this, use an abrasive cleaning pad and washing up liquid to clean the cooking surface.
  • Heat up your bakestone. We recommend doing this outside on a portable stove or barbecue. If this isn’t possible, make sure your kitchen is well ventilated as the bakestone will smoke.
  • Protect your hands with an oven glove and carefully rub a mixture of fat or vegetable oil and salt onto the cooking surface, using a thick cotton cloth.
  • Continue to add fat and salt, a tablespoon at a time, allowing it to burn and blacken. After around 20 minutes the bakestone should have gained a smooth black surface.
  • Turn off the heat and allow your bakestone to cool naturally.
  • Wash your bakestone with warm water, removing any remaining loose salt.

Your bakestone is now ready to be used!

Care Instructions

  • After use, wipe your bakestone with warm, soapy water.
  • Dry and store in a dry place.
  • Never use abrasive cleaners.
  • If , after a long storage, rusting appears, simply clean it off and re-season.

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It’s Blackberry Season

September 6, 2021
blackberry and apple crumble served in a Denby Halo bowl

Happy September! It’s blackberry season. Now is the time to fill your tupperware boxes and your bellies with this delicious harvest. Here at Valley Mill we’ve got lots of lovely blackberry recipes, tips on how to pick them and much more.

Blackberry Picking Tips

Happy child out blackberry picking

When Is The Best Time To Pick

End of August and throughout September is the best time to pick blackberries. Did you know that there is a legend of why you shouldn’t pick blackberries after the 11th October?

The story goes, that the Devil was kicked out of heaven on the 11th October and landed in a blackberry bush. Apparently because the bush hurt him so much he either spits or wees on all of the blackberries from this date onwards.

We think it’s probably more likely that by this time the wet weather has spoiled the crops.

Picking Tips

First tip, pick berries that are higher up and away from main roads. Why higher up you ask? Well, dogs love to water the plants and it’s always best to choose the ones that haven’t been given a sprinkling.

If you aren’t lucky enough to live in the country or rural areas then don’t panic because blackberries are found across so many areas. If there’s a hedgerow in your town or city then chances are there are blackberries growing there.

Choose berries which are firm and shiny and make sure you pick the ones that are fully black.

Remember to only pick the amount of blackberries that you actually need. It’s nice to leave some for other pickers and animals alike.

Small child placing his picked blackberries in to a tupperware box

Blackberry Storing Tips

When picking your blackberries try not to stack too many on top of each other in your tupperware box otherwise you risk squishing them.

If you aren’t eating or baking your blackberries straight away then make sure your blackberries are as dry as possible when storing them. They should last up to three days in the fridge. Good news, you can easily freeze your blackberries too if you need to make them last longer. When freezing make sure you freeze them in a single layer to avoid squashing them. Also, you can cook blackberries straight from frozen so winner winner!

Apple & Blackberry Crumble

Autumn means comfort food. There is nothing more comforting then picking your own blackberries and baking them in a crumble. Sat in front of the tele with the family and bowl of apple and blackberry crumble with custard. Yum!

We’ve got two alternative recipes for you. One vegetarian and one vegan. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

Crumble Topping: 120g plain flour, 60g caster sugar and 60g butter (we prefer salted but the general rule seems to be unsalted). You can also up these amounts depending on how much crumble you like on your dessert. Alternatively you can also add some porridge oats to the mixture for extra texture.

Fruity Filling: 300g apples (we recommend Pink Ladies, Braeburn or Granny Smith), 115g blackberries, 30g butter, 30g brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

Chopped apples and blackberries in a saucepan

Method

Preheat oven to gas mark 5. Check out oven temperature conversions here.

In a large bowl place your flour, sugar and butter to make the crumble topping. Rub the butter in to your flour and sugar to create a breadcrumb texture.

To make sure your crumble topping is extra crispy and crumbly, we recommend you spread your mixture on to a baking tray or sheet and cook in the oven for around 15 minutes.

Whilst your crumble topping is crisping, core, peel and chop your apples in to small cubes.

Over a low heat, melt your butter and brown sugar in a saucepan until it turns all caramelly.

Now add your chopped apples and cinnamon and cook for a further 4 minutes.

Finally, add your blackberries to this mixture and cook for 3 to 4 minutes more.

Pour your mixture carefully in to your pie/crumble dish. Top with your crumble mixture and place in the oven for around 10-15 minutes or until cooked through.

Now what to serve with it? Ice cream or custard? (scroll down this page to find our custard recipes).

Don’t forget you need to wash your berries. Why not do it in style with this beautiful Alice Funge berry bowl.

Wash your blackberries with a stunningAlice Funge ceramic berry bowl

Vegan Apple & Blackberry Crumble

Ingredients:

Crumble Topping: 250g plain flour, 150g vegan margarine, 60g fairtrade brown sugar. You can also add 50g porridge oats for extra crumbliness.

Fruity Filling: 300g organic apples (we recommend Pink Ladies, Braeburn or Granny Smith), 150g blackberries,1 large tablespoon agave nectar, splash of water and 1/4 teaspoon of fairtrade ground cinnamon.

Method

Preheat oven to gas mark 5. Check out oven temperature conversions here.

In a large bowl place your flour and butter to make the crumble topping. Rub the butter in to your flour and to create a breadcrumb texture. Now stir in your brown sugar and porridge oats.

To make sure your crumble topping is extra crispy and crumbly, we recommend you spread your mixture on to a baking tray or sheet and cook in the oven for around 15 minutes.

Whilst your crumble topping is crisping, core, peel and chop your apples in to small cubes.

Over a low heat, add 2/3 of your chopped apples ino a saucepan with a splash of water, agave nectar and cinnamon. Cook for a few minutes until soft and squishy.

Now add the remaining apples for a couple of minutes to soften them.

Carefully mix in your blackberries being careful not to squash them.

Pour your fruity filling in to your ovenproof dish and spoon over the crumbly topping.

Pop in the oven for around 15-20 minutes or until cooked.

Fancy making your own custard from scratch? We’ve got both vegetarian and vegan versions for you. Scroll down this page to find our custard recipes.

Valley Mill Homeware

Check out incredible range of ceramics and homeware to serve your beautiful creations in style.

This Denby Halo bowl really sets off the colour of the blackberries. Plus the Halo range has a wide range of serving ware.

A captivating dark glaze on a Denby Halo bowl which is serving up apple and blackberry crumble

Why not serve up your custard in one of our Alice Funge mini pour jugs.

Mini ceramic pour jug perfect for serving custard

LIGA have a beautiful range of Scandinavian inspired homeware pieces. Serve up a pot of tea with your crumble.

Large scandinavian inpsired cream and cork LIGA teapot

Set the mood with one of scented wooden wick soy wax candles. Our candles are hand poured at our workshop in South Wales.

A creme brulee mood maker soy wax candle

Autumn nights are drawing in so why not get cosy with one of our Valley Mill Welsh woollen blankets.

cuddle up with this yellow meadow check woollen blanket as seen in country living

Custard Recipe

Ingredients:

6 egg yolks, 300ml double cream, 300ml milk, 2 tbsp cornflour, 75g of caster sugar, 1 tsp vanilla bean paste.

Method:

Add your milk and cream to a saucepan and bring to a simmer.

In a bowl add your 6 egg yolks, vanilla paste, cornflour and sugar. Now whisk so that all of of the ingredients are combined thoroughly.

Take your hot milk and cream mixture and very slowly pour this in to the bowl of your custard mixture. Make sure you are whisking all the while you are adding the milk mixture to stop it curdling.

Once mixed, add this back in to the saucepan and stir constantly over a low heat. Your custard will begin to thicken and once ready pour over your delicious apple and blackberry crumble.

Vegan Custard

This recipe is super easy and simple. The colour is from adding a pinch of turmeric. Genius!

Ingredients:

1/2 litre plant-based milk (soy, almond or whatever is your favourite), 80g fairtrade caster sugar, 25g cornstarch, 4 tsp vanilla essence, 1 pinch turmeric.

Either blend (in a blender) or whisk all of the ingredients together until smooth.

Only add a very small amount of turmeric. You just want it for colour and not for taste.

Pour into a pan and place on a medium heat for 5-10 minutes whilst stirring constantly.

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Love Eco Living? Then You Will LOVE LIGA

June 25, 2021

We want to introduce you to an amazing new brand here at Valley Mill. Meet LIGA. Once you’ve met them we are sure you will LOVE LIGA.

Why LIGA?

We love to work with like-minded small businesses; that have their own unique story. They care about the products that they make and the effect they have on you as a customer, as well as the environment. So let’s find out more about this amazing company LIGA.

Love Liga?  Yes we do!  Look at this beautiful cream ceramic and cork homeware.
LIGA’s ceramic and cork cream ceramics are now available at Valley Mill online and instore.

Who Are LIGA?

LIGA are based in Cornwall and are a family run business who want to provide affordable and stylish homeware whilst also looking after the planet. The team draw inspiration from nature to design eco homewares that use only sustainable materials. Not only are they eco-friendly but their products are simply stunning too. Imagine serving up your outdoor dining with these? We are pretty sure your guests will be handing out a lot of compliments.

Keep your oil & vingear fresh and hygienic by storing them in this Scandanavian inspired Liga cream oil bottle. Strong, practical, stylish and a great quality dispenser for everyday use. Easy pouring for oil, balsamic or vinegar.

Working Together

There is so much to do to look after our planet better, and we can only begin to make a change by working together.

LIGA uses beautiful materials such as Ethically sourced Cork, Organic unbleached cotton, recycled papers, vegan wax, compostable cloth, bamboo, recycled EVA plastics and ceramics to create their sustainable collections. Ethically sourced from around the world with the hand printing, making and finishing carefully done in Cornwall. 

We Are Passionate About Eco Living

LIGA are committed and passionate about using sustainable materials in creative ways to make eco products affordable and useable for everyday living.

We love this cork and ceramic teapot from LIGA.  Pours beautifully and looks stunning too.
Update your kitchen homeware with this Scandanavian inspired Liga cream teapot. Strong, practical, stylish and a great quality teapot for everyday use. Serve up tea for two or for the whole family. This Liga teapot give a fabulous pour and can be used with tea bags or loose tea.

Our Ethos

Up until early 2020 we only sold products that were made in Wales and in turn, mainly supporting small local businesses.  Since then, we have branched out to UK made and UK designed and are only working with businesses who have the same ethos and beliefs as ourselves.  

Whilst the majority of our products are made in Wales, some of our suppliers products are mainly handmade in the UK or designed in the UK with materials sourced sustainably from outside of the UK.

Carbon Footprint

Our Welsh slate travels only 130 miles from Snowdonia.    At Valley Mill it’s not only our products that we want to be eco-friendly, but our staff too.  To strive for sustainable living, we offer our team a car share scheme with a monetary bonus to reduce the amount of cars used to travel to work.  

We also encourage working from home whenever possible.  This May we were proud to start a cycle to work scheme.  Want to find out more about educating yourselves and others? Take a look at the United Nations goals to help transform our world and protect our planet.

Update your kitchen homeware with this Scandanavian inspired Liga cream coffee mug. Strong, practical, stylish and a great quality mug for everyday use. A beautiful luxury mug for lattes, hot chocolate, coffee, iced tea and more.

When Valley Mill started in 2007, Kevin Thomas wanted the company to be eco-friendly and materials to be sourced locally providing a low carbon footprint.  From day 1 Kevin knew that not only do the products need to be natural but also packaging must be recyclable.  

Love LIGA

When searching for new companies to work with, it’s important to us at Valley Mill to find people with similar values to our own. When we were introduced to LIGA we instantly fell in love and we are pretty sure you will too.

Take a look at this YouTube video from LIGA. We just adore these mugs.

Geeky Cork Facts

LIGA have given us some amazing geeky cork facts.

  • Cork is such a perfect raw material that no industrial or technological processes have yet been able to replicate its features.
    • Excellent thermal & acoustic insulation
      • Impermeability to liquids & gases
    • Excellent elasticity, compressibility & resilience
      • Hypoallergenic
    • Soft to touch
      • Lightness
    • Cork tress & cork products absorb CO2

How Is Cork Harvested?

Have you ever wondered how cork is actually harvested? LIGA have created this YouTube video to show how the cork they use for their products is extrated.

Every nine years the cork is harvested from the Cork Oak tree without harming it.  Did you know that cork trees live for more than 200 years and the more LIGA use cork then the more trees are planted.  Take a look below to see how it all happens.

We adore this cream ceramic and cork bowl from LIGA. Yes we, LOVE LIGA!
Add a contemporary look to your style dining, with these Scandanavian inspired Liga cream salt and pepper shakers. Strong, practical, stylish and a great quality dispenser set for everyday use. Not only a necessity for your dinner table but they look stunning too. Also great to take on your picnics and outdoor adventures.

So now you have met LIGA and now you can understand why Valley Mill LOVE LIGA.

Shop their latest cream ceramic and cork homeware here.

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Unleash Your Inner BBQ Master

May 30, 2021
Valley Mill BBQ Tips

In our last blog we wrote about the ‘Rise of the British BBQ’.  This is absolutely true.  Us Brits are banging out some amazing food and recipes in our BBQ get togethers. We are becoming Kings and Queens of the BBQ and we are here to help you unleash your inner BBQ master.

We are all thinking outside of the box when it comes to our recipes ideas. Let your creative side out. Why not host a vegetarian BBQ feast? Think of all the skewers you can create, from colourful vegetables to seasonal fruits. The options are endless.

Become the BBQ Queen or King of your home with some incredible recipes served on Valley Mill's fantastic Denby range
Fig Skewers with a honey & balsamic glaze topped with crushed roast pistachios served on one of our a Denby Studio Blue Chalk Ridged Bowl.

Planning for Success

We’ve teamed up with Oliver Woolnough and the team from Nothing But BBQ to guide you through the summer and show you how to upgrade your outdoor experience. We’ve got recipe ideas and creative ways to style up your ‘al fresco’ dining area.

BBQ Tips with Valley Mill and Olly Woolnough
Oliver Woolnough from Meat Matters Ltd & Nothing But BBQ serves up us his best BBQ and outdoor dining tips

Skewered

One of our favourite BBQ cookery books which was released recently is Skewered by Marcus Bawdon.  Marcus is a bit of a hero of ours as he really knows his stuff.  Marcus not only runs Country Wood Smoke BBQ School from his home in Devon but also is the editor of UK BBQ Magazine and has a series of cookery books available.

Fundamentals of Cooking Outdoors

When cooking outdoors you need to know the fundamentals of cooking on a BBQ.  From the best fuel to use, smoking woods and how to set up your barbeque, Marcus explains all of this and also why a lid on your BBQ can really help.

Tanzanian Chicken Mishkaki

Oliver Woolnough shows us how to cook one of Marcus’ recipes from Skewered. This recipe is inspired by the flavours of India, The Middle East and Africa.

Ingredients:

1 green & 1 red bell pepper

2 skinless chicken breasts

For the Marinade:

4 tbsp plain/natural yogurt

1 tsp ground turmeric

2 finely chopped cloves of garlic

1 tsp runny honey

Juice of 1/2 a lime

Pinch of salt & pepper

2 tsp freshly chopped coriander

Chop your herbs with one of our hand forged stainless steel herb choppers.

Method

Cut the peppers and chicken breasts into 3 x 3cm squares. Mix the marinade ingredients together and stir in the cubes of chicken. Leave to marinate for approximately 1 hour.

Set up your grill with medium to hot coals for close proximity cooking.

Thread 2 cubes of chicken onto each skewer. Now add a few squares of bell pepper. Continue until your skewers are loaded.

Place your skewers onto the grill and cook for a few minutes before turning. Make sure they are cooked thoroughly before serving. This should take approximately 8-10 minutes in total.

Sprinkle with extra coriander to serve.

Now you’ve unleashed your inner BBQ master.

Monkfish Skewers

Check out this video of how to create the BBQ Coconut Curry Monkfish recipe from Skewered.  This is a mix of coconut milk, curry powder and lime, finished with coriander and freshly chopped chillies.

Don’t Forget The Extras

Your BBQ party doesn’t just have to revolve around the food cooked on the grill. Give your guests a treat with some of their favourite cheeses. We have a wide range of Welsh Slate cheeseboards.

Make It Personal

If it’s a personal touch you’re looking for then look no further than our amazing personalised products. You may be celebrating a ‘BIG’ birthday or having a corporate event, why not serve up some treats on our Welsh slate trays which can be personalised to your design.

You Didn’t Miss It

Don’t worry! You didn’t miss the recipe for this Grilled Sweet Potato Salad from Genevieve Taylor.

Set The Mood

Set the mood for the evening for a catch up with friends and family with Valley Mill’s ranges of candles and candle holders. Not only do they look fantastic but our huge variety of scents will really set the mood too.

Valley Mill’s Welsh slate tealight holder with our range of tealights make a sophisticated impression

A Gift For Your Garden

Welcome your guests with a Valley Mill Welsh slate hanging sign. We have ready made designs or you can personalise them with your very own design.

Father’s Day is COMING SOON!

Here at Valley Mill we have a whole load of products for your Dad/Step-Dad/Grandad etc lined up just for you.

Check back soon at valleymill.co.uk for the latest.