02 November 2012

2 November - All Souls Day; Nut Shortbread

Soul, Soul, for a Soul cake
Pray you, good mistress, a Soul cake…

“Soul day, Soul Day,
We have been praying for the soul departed.
So pray good people give us a cake
For we are all poor people,
Well known to you before.
So give us a cake for charity’s sake,
And our blessing we’ll leave at your door.
Soul! Soul! For an apple or two,
If you have no apples, pears will do,
If pears are scarce, then cakes from your pan,
Give us our souling and we’ll be gone.”

My Soul Cakes this year were shortbread triangles, and I added chopped nuts because, well, the souls for whom I am praying all tended to be a bit eccentric on occasion.


Soften 1 cup of butter.
Sift flour to make 2-½ cups
Chop nuts to make ½ cup

Preheat oven to 300° F.

To the butter and flour, add ½ cup of sugar and 1/8 teaspoon of salt.  Mix thoroughly, then stir in the chopped nuts.

Roll out dough to ½ inch thickness.  Cut into triangles, about 1-½ inch per side more or less (or whatever shape you wish.  A shot glass or the round cap from a spice jar make good cutters).

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

When you enjoy these little cakes, remember to say a prayer for a soul.

"Souling", an illustration by 'R. Blum' (Robert Frederick Blum) for St. Nicholas: An Illustrated Magazine for Young Folks, December 1882, p. 93.

[And this time, Wikipedia swiped it from me.]