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29 Oct 2016

Making soul cakes for Halloween

Halloween souling cakes recipe
Eeeek, it's nearly Halloween! This time I have tried my hand at making some traditional souling cakes, originally given out hundreds of years ago as part of the tradition that inspired trick-or-treating. I love
to spend time in nature this time of year because I love to feel that magical shift in the surroundings. 

Often I fancy that trees are the keeper of spirits because they look so sad and lonely and have seen so many things, that ghosts feel drawn to them. A living thing that can capture an impression of a person. I often like to visit sad places because I feel like I am paying homage to the spirits living there. 
Halloween souling cakes recipe
 This recipe I used is dated from the Victorian era, although these cakes were traditionally made and given hundreds of years before, each representing a soul being freed from Purgatory, once it had been eaten. Instead of 'Trick-or treat', the beggars would offer prayers and sing psalms for the dead in order to receive one of the cakes (like biscuits in today's world, but cakes looked slightly different back then!)

340g plain sifted flour
170g sugar
170g diced butter
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground mixed spice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 beaten egg
2 teaspoons white vinegar
Pastry/cookie cutter
Halloween souling cakes recipe
Preheat the oven to 200c and grease two baking trays. Mix the flour, sugar and spices in to a mixing bowl, then rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add in the beaten egg and white wine vinegar and combine until a firm dough is made - then cover and place in fridge for 20 mins.

Flour a working surface - I had to use a good deal of flour here because the dough was pretty sticky! - and roll out the dough to about 7mm thick before cutting in to rounds. Gather up the remaining dough and flatten out and cut again until all dough is used up. I used a fork to mark the traditional cross upon all, before baking for approximately 15-20 mins until they turned a lovely dark golden shade.
Halloween souling cakes recipe
They are quite like sugar cookies, only with all the traditional autumn spices - they are so yummy! Part of me longed to add icing or even some stewed apple but I wanted to preserve the cross design out of tradition and for my photos! I used a scalloped edge cutter and am so pleased with how they came out. The recipe I used made fourteen overall so would love to offer some to trick-or-treaters that come by our little flat! Are you doing any blog baking for Halloween? Do leave me your link so I can check it out!

30 comments:

  1. Oh my, that looks so good!

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    1. Aw thank you so much Hsiao! :D ♡

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  2. they look very yummy and simple to make too, thanks for sharing !! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Marie, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :D ♡

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  3. Nom nom it look so delicious! I need to try this!

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  4. Hey thanks for the mini history lesson, so interesting. And these "cakes" look super yummy and they are great to look at too. And love your photos of them as well.

    Allie of ALLIENYC
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    1. Haha no problem and thank you so much Alicia, I'm so glad you liked it! ♡

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  5. They look delicious! I've never heard about these cookies before!

    Renee | Life After Lux

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    1. Ahhh thanks so much Renee, I love all the autumn spices together! :D ♡

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  6. What a wonderful tradition; so rich in culture!
    They look awfully yummy, too. :)

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    1. Thank you so much Adi, so kind! I'm so glad you liked it :D ♡

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  7. Yummy post

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  8. I never heard about soul cookies before! These look really yummy & easy to make.
    I also love the story behind it - meaningful & sweet!
    Thanks for sharing this recipe, I'm trying this out cause these ingredients are just essentials to everyone! xx

    Kaylee 🍂ㅣJK's Dawn

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    1. Thank you so much Kaylee, so sweet of you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it, they make such yummy autumn cookies :D ♡

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  9. These look good and so simple to make x

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    1. Awww thanks so much Jen, so kind! :D ♡

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  11. These cookies look so yummy, I adore all sweets with cinamon so these would be perfect for me:)
    Thanks for follow, I like your blog so I'm your new follower too:)

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    1. Awww thanks so much, it's lovely to meet you! Yay fellow cinnamon lover, I adore cinnamon flavour everything haha! xD ♡

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  12. The cookies look so good and I love your pictures. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Awww thank you so much Minhal, so kind! ♡

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  13. These look amazing! I've never heard of soul cakes before ♥
    Amy xx

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    1. Thanks so much Amy! I'm so happy to introduce you to them! :D ♡

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  14. Ah yummy don't think ive ever had them before I didn't get to bake this haloween! I'm upset as I didn't get to dres up neither and I rely wanted to do it for the first time lol. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.. :-) Have a lovely day! Visit me whenever you have time www.its-dominica.blogspot.co.uk kisses Dominica! xXx

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    1. Awww haha, I hate when holidays are over so quickly! Like Christmas, I think of it being a holiday lasting a few weeks but in society's eyes it is just a day and then it is over again haha! Thank you so much for reading and commenting, it's so nice to meet you! :D ♡

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