Traditional Soul Cakes
Soul cakes are traditional English sweet cookies with raisins that are made for Halloween or Samhain, All Saints Day and All Souls Day.
Halloween, raisins, treats
room temperature (3/4 cups)
white granulated sugar
(3 5/8 cups)
for dusting (optional)
Preheat the oven to 190 C / 374 F.
Add butter to the large bowl. Add sugar.
Using hand mixer or stand mixer, mix butter with sugar.
Add egg yolks and mix again.
Sieve flour in egg, butter and sugar mixture.
Sieve spices on top of the flour.
Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a spatula.
Gradually add milk, combining with a spatula until the dough comes together.
Transfer the dough to the silicone mat or surface, dusted with flour.
Knead the dough with hands until well combined.
Add half raisins, and knead them in the dough.
Add more raisins while kneading the dough.
Roll the dough with a rolling pin about 1/4 inch or 0.6 cm thick.
Cut the round shape cookies with the cookie cutter.
Transfer the cookies to the baking tray, layered with parchment paper. Leave the space between the cookies. Cut the cross on each cookie. Bake 15-20 minutes until golden.
Bake another batch of cookies. Let them cool for 10 minutes. Dust the cookies with baking powder.
To make mixed spice, combine 1/2 tsp or each ground spice: cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg.
Soul cakes will keep up to 4 days in air tight container at room temperature.
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