Monday, October 31, 2011

Samhain Blessings

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

~ Folk song

Wishing you a very Blessed Samhain!

I made soul cakes for the very first time this year. In the past I've left out apples and some sort of bread (usually cornbread) for the spirits. This year I wanted to do something a little more special.

SOUL CAKES

1/2 C butter (1 stick)
2 C sifted flour
1/2 C sugar
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp allspice
1 egg
1 tsp cider vinegar
2-3 Tbl milk
powdered sugar to sprinkle on top

1. Preheat oven to 350 *F
2. Cut butter into flour with pastry blender or large fork.
3. Blend in sugar and spices.
4. Beat eggs, vinegar and milk together in bowl.
5. Mix with flour mixture until stiff dough is formed.
6. Knead thoroughly and roll out 1/4 inch thick.
7. Cut into 3 inch rounds, place on greased baking sheet.
8. Prick several times with a fork.
9. Bake 20-25 minutes.
10. Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar while still warm.

The above is half of the original recipe, so theoretically it should have made only 6 soul cakes, but I got about 13 of them. Maybe I rolled the dough too thin or my cookie cutter wasn't the right size. At any rate, the extras did not go to waste!

I put them in a wooden bowl with an apple (cut horizontally so you can see the pentacle) and set them on the flat offering rock that sits at the entrance of my herb garden. Sustenance for the passing souls as they journey through the veil tonight!

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