Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Soulin'

A soul, a soul, a soul cake
Please good Missus a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry, Any good thing to make us all merry.
One for Peter, One for Paul, One for Him who made us all.

Today is All Soul's day, the day we remember the dearly departed.  Traditionally this is where Trick or Treating comes from.  This year I thought I would try making Soul cakes.  This is an adaptation of an old recipe from the 1800's.  It's very simple ingredients lead me to think it's a much older recipe.  It's almost like a spiced shortbread/sugar cookie.  Traditionally they should be round with a cross cut into them, but I made them heart shaped since we are remembering our loved ones.

Soul Cakes -makes about 3 doz. 2 inch cookies
1 2/3 c flour                 1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t allspice                 pinch of nutmeg
2/3 c white sugar        3/4 c butter
1 egg                                 1 1/2 t vinegar
Mix together dry ingredients.  Cut in butter.   Beat egg together with vinegar and combine with dry ingredients.  Dump out onto table and knead into a soft dough.  Roll out 1/3 inch thick.  Cut out cookies and place on lined cookie sheet.

Bake 350F for 15 minutes.

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