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In old Ireland, soul cakes were offerings to the spirits who roamed the earth on Samhain night. These were left out at night for the hungry ghosts, and if any were left over by morning, they were given to the "soulers" who'd come begging for free food on All Soul's Day.
Soul cakes are a delicious treat for the Samhain season, especially if you are trying to cut back on sugar. Serve them at your black hat tea party or give a batch to friends and neighbors as you go trick or treating with the little ones. They are excellent to enjoy around the bonfire. Of course, you can also leave some as offerings on your ancestor altar.
Here is a recipe and a good back story by Paula T. Chan of NPR.
Gluten Free Soul Cake recipe from Primal Kitchen
Another gluten free version, called Fairy Cakes
Here is a handful of pagan soul cake recipes (I like the buttery ones!)
An easy, traditional recipe.
European recipe (in metric measures) that reminds me of the scones my fiance's mother made us when we visited her in Ireland.
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