Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Soul Cakes

These soul cakes are traditionally eaten with a glass of wine on Halloween. Apparently. They're very nice, even if they're more like biscuits than cakes.


  • 175g caster sugar

  • 175g butter, preferably warm

  • 3 egg yolks (use the whites for meringue)

  • 2 or 3 strands of saffron (optional)

  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves

  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

  • 450g plain flour

  • 75g currents or sultanas

  • A few drops of milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees

  2. Mix the butter and sugar together well

  3. Add the egg yolks one at a time and mix well

  4. Add the spices and saffron and the flour and again mix well

  5. If the mixture seems a little dry then add a few drops of milk until you get a nice moist dough

  6. Add the sultanas and need them well into the dough

  7. Divide the dough into about 15-25 biscuits and press them down onto greaseproof paper on a greased baking tray

  8. Use the back of a knife or the edge of a wooden spoon to mark crosses in the top

  9. Bake in the oven for 15-25 minutes, the biscuits will stay fairly pale when cooked so be careful not to over cook them

Makes 20 cakes or so.

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