Soul cakes

Soul cakes


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About this recipe: 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.


Serves: 12 

  • 375g self raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 185g butter, at room temperature
  • 155g caster sugar
  • 90g currants
  • 90g sultanas
  • 1 egg
  • 125ml milk

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

  1. Preheat oven to 220 C / Gas 7. Grease baking tray or line with parchment.
  2. Sift dry ingredients into a medium-sized bowl. Rub in the butter. Mix in the sugar, currants and sultanas.
  3. Make a well in the centre and add the egg and milk. Mix in well until you have a firm mixture. Using a dessertspoon and fork, spoon the mixture onto greased trays.
  4. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in preheated oven.

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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

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