Monday, October 15, 2012

Halloween Treats in England

Halloween Celebration differ by Culture
Candy Corn, Witches, Ghost & Goblins....That's all part of Halloween in the U.S.
But did you know that....
Halloween is celebrated in many different countries, on several different days and it's celebrated with different types of foods
 November 1: All Saints' Day in England
In many old English towns, children go "souling" on All Souls' Eve! They go from door to door singing for cakes, and sing:

         Soul! soul! for a soul-cake!
I pray, good misses a soul-cake--
An apple or pear, a plum or a cherry,
Any good thing to make us merry,
One for Peter, two for Paul,
Three for Him who made us all.

Each soul cake eaten represents a soul being freed from Purgatory. In England, the cakes are filled with fruit and flavored with saffron, mixed spices and currants.
Looking for something creative to try THIS Halloween Season? Try this recipe for Soul Cakes
Soul Cakes
Soul cakes get stale within a day or two, so eat 'em while they're hot.
Makes 12 to 15 2-inch soul cakes


1 yeast pkg.                 2 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar               6 cups flour
1/4 cup warm water     1 teaspoon salt
1/4 lb. butter                 3 teaspoons cinnamon
Pinch Saffron                Raisins/ Currents to taste

Dissolve the yeast  with 1 teaspoon of sugar in the lukewarm water and let
it stand in a warm place. Cream the butter with the sugar. Add the milk which has been scalded and slightly cooled and then add the yeast. Sift the flour with the salt, cinnamon, saffron and add to the mixture, kneading for a few minutes. Place in a bowl and allow it to rise in a warm place to double its bulk. Shape the dough into round buns and bake at 375 degrees F. for about thirty minutes or until lightly browned. Originally, these cakes were shaped like men and women and were given raisins or currants for eyes.


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