Soul Cakes

    30 minutes

    Soul cakes come from the Celtic festival of Samhain, more commonly known today as All Hallows Eve. Soul cakes were baked and left on the porch with a glass of milk or wine, for the dearly departed. On All Hallows day Nov 1, traditionally children and the poor, would perform, sing, or pray for the dead to earn the treat of the Soul cake. Which evolved into the modern day version of trick or treating.

    Auckland, New Zealand
    8 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • 375g flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 2 teaspoon mixed spice
    • 185g butter (at room temperature = soft)
    • 155g caster sugar
    • 90g currants
    • 90g sultanas
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) milk

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 220 degrees C. Sift dry powder ingredients into a medium-sized bowl.
    2. Rub in the butter.
    3. Mix in the sugar, currants and sultanas.
    4. Make a well in the centre and add the egg and milk. Mix in well until you have a firm batter.
    5. Using a dessert spoon and fork, spoon the mixture onto greased trays.
    6. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in preheated oven.

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    made these today for samhain celebrations later tonight..look fantastic and cant wait to try them at supper as we are pagan .  -  31 Oct 2016  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    These turned out quite well! They are nice and buttery, but are more like a cross between a biscuit and a scone. A great way to use left over dried fruit from making my christmas cake.  -  12 Nov 2010  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)