Sunday, 26 February 2017

Welsh Laverbread Cakes and a Piece of Toast

If your a regular reader of my Welsh Vegetarian food blog, you will have seen laverbread featured many times, but for those of you who are not familiar with this Welsh delicacy, in a nutshell Laverbread or bara lawr  as it is known in some parts of Wales is simply cooked seaweed that has been pureed.  It has a pate like consistency, so perfect for spreading on toast.  Welsh Laverbread not to everyone's taste, but I recommend you trying it at least once if your ever in Wales, but saying that its not easy to get hold of, even for those of us who live in the Welsh valleys of Wales.

Many independent high street shops like traditional green grocers and fishmongers no longer exist.  These were places where you can you could pick up fresh sea vegetables like samphire and laverbread are closing down in towns or have closed down due to economic downturn as people snub the High Street and flock to shopping malls stuck in some industrial estate, The places to get fresh laverbread these days in South Wales and South West are cities that have thriving indoor markets.  Cities like Cardiff and  Swansea (and perhaps large market towns like Abergavenny) where I have always been able to purchase fresh laverbread. 
I consider myself a progressive cook with fusion having in the past created vegetarian Welsh Laverbread Burgers aka Glorified Laverbread Cakes, and last year Vegan Welsh Woman's Laverbread Caviar, but today I decided to keep it pure, simple and traditional.
I made these little Welsh Laverbread Cakes, also known as patties this morning.  The recipe is so simple. Stir the fresh laverbread with rolled porridge oats, if you find the mixture too soft, just add some more oats to it and shape into round little patties. Put in the fridge to firm up, when ready to eat.  Shallow fray in a little oil or butter until crisp and a golden crust has appeared.  Serve immediately.

I am sharing some of the Welsh Laverbread Cakes with Eat Your Greens challenge hosted this month by The VegHog - You still have a day to share your #EatYourGreens recipe with the VegHog; and  Hijacked by Twins for CookBlog Share.

Not quite an authentic vegetarian Welsh Breakfast .. but a vegetarian breakfast nonetheless. 
This fresh laverbread was also enjoyed unadulterated slathered on this piece of crisp toast.   
Welsh Laverbread Cakes or Bara Lawr Patties
Makes 4 - 5


  1. Never heard of it, thanks for sharing, I would like to taste it although I am not very adventurous when comes to trying a new food

    1. Thanks Laura. Its quite unique to Wales and I guess you will only enjoy it when you visit - one day hopefully.

    2. Ooh I have never heard of this before but sounds good! Happy St David's day. Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

    3. Thanks Kirsty. Its quite traditional in Wales and an acquired taste. If you ever visit Wales you will def. find it as a tourist in local eateries.

  2. These are such cute patties. Very creative use of laverbread =)

  3. We have eaten laver bread at home and in Wales over 14 yes.always cook a full Welsh breakfast and have. To include it.
    Can't find it easily in England and lately hard to find in Wales!


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