Ready In: 55mins
1 cup butter, two sticks American
3 3⁄4 cups sifted flour
1 cup fine sugar
1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon allspice
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
4 -6 tablespoons milk
powdered sugar, to sprinkle on top
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Cut the butter into the flour with a pastry blender or a large fork.
Blend in the sugar, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and allspice; beat eggs, vinegar, and milk together.
Mix with the flour mixture until a stiff dough is formed.
Knead thoroughly and roll out 1/4-inch thick.
Cut into 3-inch rounds and place on greased baking sheets. Prick several times with a fork and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar while still warm.
Recipe courtesy of Food.com.
Adding this to my list of recipes for Samhain!!
Thank you for this recipe! There is a reference to Soul Cakes in Season of the Witch: A Book of Spells for Halloween and Samhain by Amy Cesari (but no recipe) and now I can make them! This author suggests making a soul cake for each ancestor or departed loved one you wish to honor on your Samhain altar, then placing a candle inscribed with their name in front of it. I think that sounds like a great ritual. Soul Cakes are traditionally marked with a cross (as it is an old Christian custom; some are blessed by priests) but she also suggests carving pentagrams or any other mark you wish into the dough.
Ooh, that sounds like a great way to honor your ancestors! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for sharing the recipe! I’m saving this one for sure
I’m excited to try this out, thank you!
I have two questions…
Would regular granulated sugar work in place of fine sugar? And can I omit allspice? I don’t have that in my cupboard yet.
I think you could omit allspice, but you’d have to add more of the others I think or it would be bland. As for fine sugar, just put your granulated sugar in a food processor and blend it a few moments, that should make it fine enough.
I think I’ll give this a try this year!
I hope it works well for you!
The food processor trick is a great idea, thank you!
Whenever I think of Soul Cakes, I can’t help but think of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld and the Soul Cake Duck, lol. Soul Cake Duck - Discworld & Terry Pratchett Wiki
You’re welcome! I hope it works!
Hee! Poor duck!
Thank you for the recipe! Saved it and going to make it soon
I hope it works well for you, @katnabis!
@MelissaJ if u have the pumpkin pie blend tucked away, like i do from last yr, it has allspice and all the other ingredients in it too.
@christeena shoot I don’t! I made my own mix last year. I’ll see if I can make it work otherwise!
OMG that sounds so good!!! I know what I am doing on Samhain! Thank you so much for sharing!!!
You’re welcome! Glad you like the recipe!