Saturday Bakes & Cakes: All Soul’s Day and a Traditional Soul-Cakes Recipe

Saturday Bakes & Cakes: All Soul's Day and a Traditional Soul-Cakes Recipe

Saturday Bakes & Cakes: All Soul’s Day and a Traditional Soul-Cakes Recipe

Saturday Bakes & Cakes:

All Soul’s Day and a Traditional Soul-Cakes Recipe

Saturday Bakes & Cakes: All Soul's Day and a Traditional Soul-Cakes Recipe

Saturday Bakes & Cakes: All Soul’s Day and a Traditional Soul-Cakes Recipe

November is not my favourite month, after the beauty of September and October with the bounty of harvests, crimson and yellow leaves and mellow sunny days, November always seems drab and dull to me, and it’s usually when the grey, wet and cold weather sets in too. Plus, the clocks have gone back, and although we have lighter mornings, I hate the darker and longer nights……it’s almost claustrophobic, with curtains drawn at 5 to 5:30 pm, I miss the daylight. It’s also the month of Remembrance with Armistice Day being on the 11th November and All Soul’s Day (Day of the Dead) being on the 2nd November, today as it happens, and therefore it always seems so sombre. On the run up to Remembrance Sunday last year, I decided to live off  WW11 rations for a week, along with two friends Janice and Fiona, you can see my posts here: The Wartime Kitchen: Living of Rations with Ration Book Cooking……..I had planned to do the same thing this year too, but I may have to cut it back to just a couple of days as time is running out! However, I am not in a sombre mood today, as there is a glimmer of sunshine, even if it is only a weak, watery glimmer, and I have a day in the kitchen planned, it’s baking day and I plan to make pies, cakes, bread and biscuits. My first bakes for the day are these Soul-Cakes, a traditional cake-cum-biscuit which were traditionally made on All Soul’s day and distributed by the rich to the poor of the parish.

Soul-Cakes

Saturday Bakes & Cakes: All Soul’s Day and a Traditional Soul-Cakes Recipe

All Soul’s Day is celebrated more in Catholic countries now, but we did used to observe it in the UK until fairly recently. It follows Halloween (Hallowe’en), or All Hallow’s Eve as it should be called, and All Saint’s Day (All Hallow’s Day – Hallow being the old English word for Saint) which is on the 1st November, a day devoted to commemorating saints and martyrs of the Christian faith. All Soul’s Day is a day where families visit their family’s graves in France, with pots of chrysanthemums, as an act of remembrance and respect, although in the UK we used to observe it more as an ancient Celtic festival called “Samhain” or “Feast of the Dead” and it as kept as fast day with bonfires lit at night, especially on high ground, in order to light the soul’s way to heaven. And that’s where Soul-Cakes come in the British culinary tradition – “Souling” would take place the night before All Soul’s day, where “Soulers” would travel from door to door begging for soul-cakes and spiced ale in return for prayers and songs.

Saturday Bakes & Cakes: All Soul's Day and a Traditional Soul-Cakes Recipe

Saturday Bakes & Cakes: All Soul’s Day and a Traditional Soul-Cakes Recipe

But back to the recipe and today, and my LOVELY new baking kit that was sent to me recently by Churchill China, whom I work with….these little cakes are more like a cross between a scone and a biscuit, and are very easy to make. They are packed with currants and are flavoured with mixed spice. The little cakes are then marked with a cross before being baked and make a simple and lovely treat for afternoon tea nowadays – and, no “souling” is needed to enjoy these today!

Giveaway: Win one of FOUR Churchill China Penzance Baking Packs (RRP: £78:00)

Churchill China Penzance Baking Pack

My lovely Penzance baking pack that I was sent as part of my ongoing partnership with Churchill China comprises:

Biscuit Barrel (Tin), Tin Tea Tray, Rolling Pin, Set of Measuring Cups, Flour Dredger, Set of 2 Tea Towels, Pudding Basin and an Apron 

I was thrilled to bits with my new Penzance additions and I have FOUR special posts and recipes planned to showcase the baking range, as well as a FABULOUS opportunity for my readers to win one of FOUR baking packs here:

Giveaway: Win one of FOUR Churchill China Penzance Baking Packs (RRP: £78:00)

Saturday Bakes & Cakes: All Soul's Day and a Traditional Soul-Cakes Recipe

Saturday Bakes & Cakes: All Soul’s Day and a Traditional Soul-Cakes Recipe

The rolling-pin is ceramic and is perfect for rolling pastry, keeping it cool as well as being decorative, and as well as using the little measuring cups for measuring, I also found that they are brilliant when you need to separate eggs! The flour dredger is a wonderful addition to my baking range and looks pretty as well as being practical. And, I am always in need of new tea towels……

Saturday Bakes & Cakes: All Soul's Day and a Traditional Soul-Cakes Recipe

Saturday Bakes & Cakes: All Soul’s Day and a Traditional Soul-Cakes Recipe

…..and of course I now have an airtight biscuit barrel in which to store my soul cakes too! I am sharing the recipe for Soul-Cakes below, it comes from one my favourite books of all time, Cattern Cakes and Lace; and I have featured it before on Lavender and Lovage here: St Catherine’s Day, Lace Makers and Cattern Cakes.

Cattern Cakes

Cattern Cakes

That’s all for today, I hope you have a lovely weekend, and don’t forget that next week we have another British day to celebrate, Guy Fawkes Night aka Bonfire Night, and I will be cooking up some NEW Bonfire recipes over the weekend, as well as sharing some family favourites such as Bonfire Chilli with Beef, Chocolate and Pumpkin…….See you later and DO try these little soul-cakes out, they are easy to make and a real treat! Karen 

Churchill China

Disclaimer: I received a Churchill china Penzance dinnerware service for free, in order to share and showcase the china with my readers as part of my sponsored collaboration with Churchill China. With thanks to Churchill China for sending me some further items from the Penzance range to use and review. I was not asked to write a positive review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Karen S Burns-Booth

Cattern Cakes and Lace

Cattern Cakes and Lace

Soul-Cakes

Serves 12 cakes
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Allergy Egg, Milk, Wheat
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving
Region British
From book Cattern Cakes and Lace
These little cakes are a cross between a biscuit and a scone and are traditionally made for All Soul's Day, which is on the 2nd of November. Packed with currants and mixed spice, these lovely little cakes are delicious with an afternoon cuppa. This recipe is adapted from "Cattern Cakes and Lace".

Ingredients

  • 175g butter (6ozs)
  • 175g caster sugar (6ozs)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 450g plain flour (1lb)
  • 2 teaspoons mixed spice
  • 100g currrants (4 ozs)
  • a little milk to mix

Note

These little cakes are a cross between a biscuit and a scone and are traditionally made for All Soul's Day, which is on the 2nd of November. Packed with currants and mixed spice, these lovely little cakes are delicious with an afternoon cuppa. This recipe is adapted from "Cattern Cakes and Lace".

Directions

Step 1 Pre-heat oven to 180C/375F/Gas mark 5.
Cream the butter and sugar together and then beat in the egg yolks, one at a time.
Step 2 Sift the flour into another bowl with the mixed spice and then add them to the butter, sugar and egg yolk mixture.
Step 3 Stir in the currants and add enough milk to make a soft dough, similar to scones.
Step 4 Roll the dough out and cut out little cakes with a biscuit cutter. Mark each cake with a cross and then place them on a greased and/or lined baking sheet.
Step 5 Bake the cakes for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
Step 6 Cool on a wire rack and the store in an airtight tin for up to 5 days.

Soul Cakes

As these cakes contain currants, I am entering them into Tea Time Treats for November, where the theme is for: DRIED FRUIT

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Saturday Bakes & Cakes: All Soul's Day and a Traditional Soul-Cakes Recipe

Saturday Bakes & Cakes: All Soul’s Day and a Traditional Soul-Cakes Recipe

GIVEAWAY to win one of FOUR Churchill China Penzance Baking Packs (RRP: £78:00)

Giveaway: Win one of FOUR Churchill China Penzance Baking Packs (RRP: £78:00)

Giveaway: Win one of FOUR Churchill China Penzance Baking Packs (RRP: £78:00)

Saturday Bakes & Cakes: All Soul's Day and a Traditional Soul-Cakes Recipe

Saturday Bakes & Cakes: All Soul’s Day and a Traditional Soul-Cakes Recipe

 I am also entering these biscuits into the following challenges:

One Ingredient: Vine Fruits hosted by Nazima of Franglais Kitchen and Laura of How to Cook Good Food

Family Foodies challenge: Lunchbox Ideas hosted by Vanesther of Bangers and Mash and Louisa of Eat your Veg

The Biscuit Barrel Challenge – November: Festive Biscuits hosted by Laura of I’d Much Rather be Baking than

 I am also entering the photos for my recipe into the Sunday Prop Shop which is hosted by Lucy over at Capture by Lucy:

SUNDAY-PROP-SHOP.jpg

 

Comments

  1. says

    These look absolutely gorgeous and I’m not sure if it’s down to that darling bakeware!! I think I may have to enter!! I’m making chocolate fudge cake today. It’s *that* sort of day!

  2. Tracy Nixon says

    This sounds a lovely recipe to follow on a dark, wet and windy Sunday! I think I will get my apron on this afternoon and make these for tea time!

  3. says

    These little cakes look lovely. I have never heard of soul cakes before but they look easy to make and perfect for tea on a horrid November day.
    Thanks for the recipe.

    • says

      I love promoting old British recipes and think it’s such a shame that we have lost so many of these recipes in modern day Britain, so I am really pleased you like this post Jean! :-) Karen

  4. says

    When these popped up on my email today I thought they looked similar to Welsh cakes – the ingredients are much the same but baked rather than griddled. They look delicious and a definite must-bake! Perfect for a wet and windy November Sunday and I like the history behind them too. Thanks for the recipe. :)

    • says

      They are VERY similar to Welsh Cakes as well as the North East’s Singin’ Hinnies too! I am so pleased you enjoyed the post and like the recipe Maggie! Karen

  5. says

    Love your history lessons Karen. I didn’t know about soul cakes. They sound delicious and remind me of welsh cakes, but with all those egg yolks they must be much richer. Next time I have spare egg yolks I shall have to try them.

  6. Sue Stevenson says

    Always making scones as they are quick n easy, think I might give these a try instead, Hubby likes both homemade biscuits and scones so they should be popular;

  7. says

    I just love all the background information and detail you give in your recipes – so much to enjoy. I am very envious of that beautiful baking set, especially the rolling pin. I have not heard of Soul Cakes before but I shall be baking them soon – thank you!!!

  8. Gilla01 says

    These look good. I’ll have to try my hand at making them.

    By the way, when I try to print straight from your site it goes onto 2 sheets, If I want one sheet I have to copy and paste and play with the font and photos.

    • says

      OH no! How strange – I just printed some of my recipes myself today and it was fine, just one sheet……will ask the software people if they know of a glitch! THANKS! Karen

  9. says

    Yes, indeed – November is certainly the month for baking to banish those winter blues. And these soul-cakes look perfect for cheering up a lunchbox – a perfect entry for this month’s Family Foodies challenge. Thanks so much for sharing Karen.

  10. Jane Webster says

    This recipe looks wonderful – just printed it to try this weekend.

    Wow the biscuit barrel looks so cute.

  11. Maya Russell says

    Shared with G+. I don’t like the shorter days either, especially when it’s rainy as it feels like it’s dark and depressive all day.

  12. Andrew Petrie says

    Those war time folks would have been very cheered when things like this were served up!They look delicious.

  13. Wendy Tyler says

    Wish I’d seen this in time for all souls day! Definitely my kind of baking. Looks familiar though. Do they have an alternative name???

  14. YOLANDA DAVIS says

    i’d not heard of soul cakes before but they look good and not to difficult to make so i might give making them a go myself.

  15. Alan Manifold says

    The recipe doesn’t indicate a temperature. I found another souling cake recipe that indicated 200C, so I’ll hope that works for this, too.

      • Alan Manifold says

        Thanks for that change. I did mine at 200C and it was a bit hot – some of them burned around the edges before the middle was well set. I’m glad to have your professional temperature for next time. They are absolutely delicious, even if some were a bit charred.

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