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Easy Soul Cakes

Traditionally made on the eve of All Souls' Day, which falls on the 2nd of November every year, these easy soul cakes are quick to make, super simple, and delicious with a cup of tea!
Course Cookie
Cuisine British
Keyword easy soul cakes, soul cakes, soul cakes recipe, traditional soul cakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 171kcal
Author Beth Sachs

Ingredients

  • 175 g Butter softened
  • 175 g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 3 Egg Yolks from large eggs
  • 420 g Plain Flour
  • teaspoon Mixed Spice
  • ¼ teaspoon Allspice
  • 2 tablespoon Milk

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (160 fan/ Gas 4/ 350F) and line 2 large baking sheets with baking paper.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. I do this by hand but feel free to use an electric mixer if you prefer.
  • Beat in the egg yolks.
  • Stir in the flour, mixed spice, allspice and raisins.
  • Add just enough milk to bring the dough together by hand. Add 1 tablespoon at a time so you don't accidentally add too much in one go. You want the dough to come together easily with your hands but not be too soft or sticky.
  • Roll the dough out on a floured surface to the thickness of 2 £1 coins and use a 5cm fluted cookie cutter to stamp out the rounds. Carefully place the biscuits on the lined baking trays and mark a cross on each with a knife.
  • Bake in the oven for 13-15 minutes until lightly golden. Leave to cool for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

Notes

Top Tips:
  • Make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature before beginning the recipe.
  • Use a palette knife or fish slice to transfer the uncooked biscuits to the baking trays.
  • Make sure you liberally flour your work surface and rolling pin, before rolling the dough out.
 
Variations:
  • If you can't find allspice, just add more mixed spice instead.
  • Use currants instead of raisins, or a mixture of both.
  • Add the zest of 1 orange for extra flavour.
  • Dust the cooled cakes with icing sugar if you are serving them for Afternoon Tea.
  • Make a double batch and freeze half for another day.
 
Storage:
The soul cakes will keep for up to 3 days in an airtight container or biscuit tin.
 
Nutrition:
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.
 
 
Nutrition Facts
Easy Soul Cakes
Amount per Serving
Calories
171
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
5
g
8
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
29
mg
10
%
Sodium
 
3
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
35
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
27
g
9
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
9
g
10
%
Protein
 
4
g
8
%
Vitamin A
 
46
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
20
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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