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Souling cakes

These are called ‘cakes’ but are actually cookies. Traditionally baked on All Souls’ Day when children visited villages begging for food. Going back in history even further these were believed to have been left on graves for the dead.

350g/12 ¼ oz plain flour (all purpose)

175g/6 oz caster sugar

175g/6 oz butter, softened

1 egg

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon mixed spice

Pinch nutmeg

1 ½ teaspoons cider vinegar

Preheat your oven to 350F/180C/Gas 4. Grease two baking sheets.

Mix all the dry ingredients together and rub in the butter. Add the egg and vinegar and mix together to form a soft dough.

On a floured surface, roll out to about 5mm/ ¼” and cut into rounds with a cookie cutter. Place on the prepared trays.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly golden.

Recipe from:

Practically pagan COOKING by Rachel Patterson

A book to take you through the seasons. Cooking with produce when it is at its best (and cheapest). Recipes for all, with menu ideas to reflect the energy of each month of the year. Family style, no fuss cooking to nourish the body, spirit and soul. 12 sections with recipes for each month to reflect the product that is in season, which include; meat main, vegetarian/vegan main, soups, standard and vegan desserts, bread and of course...cake; both standard and vegan cake options.


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