Authentic Welsh Rarebit

                                    welsh rarebit

A friendly little pub in Pembroke with a spectacular view of the castle offered us a chance to taste what might have been standard fare if you had Welsh ancestors, as I did.  Plan on at least a full slice of wholemeal bread per person when you serve this classic dish.  Brain’s Beer, a bitter dark ale, is the go-to beer in Wales for Welsh Rarebit.

  •  1 pound of well-aged cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons each of Worcestershire sauce, English mustard, and all-purpose flour
  • 8 tablespoons of dark ale
  • 8 slices of a coarse and rustic bread
  • Cayenne pepper

Mix all ingredients, except the bread and pepper, into a smooth paste and spread generously over the toast slices.  Place under a broiler and cook until well-browned.  Sprinkle cayenne pepper over each before serving.  Caution your guests to let it sit a moment before burning their tongues.