Soul cakes come from the Celtic festival of Samhain, more commonly known today as All Hallows Eve or Halloween. 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.
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
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