Sunday, November 2, 2014

Let's All Go A'Soalin - All Souls Day

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) - The Day of the Dead (1859)

1 Cup Butter
3 3/4 Cups Sifted Flour
1 Cup Fine Sugar
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Ginger
1 tsp Allspice
2 Eggs
Currants or Raisins
2 tsp  Cider Vinegar
4-6 Tbsp Milk
powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Cut the butter into the flour with a pastry blender or a large fork.

Blend in the sugar, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and allspice; beat eggs, vinegar, and milk together.

Mix with the flour mixture until a stiff dough is formed.

Knead thoroughly and roll out 1/4-inch thick.

Cut into 3-inch rounds and place on greased baking sheets. Decorate tops with currants or raisins in the form of a cross.  Prick several times with a fork and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar while still warm.    


Originally Hallow's Eve or Halloween was the start of a Triduum, a three day festival encompassing Halloween, All Saint's Day, and All Souls Day.  In England, a tradition associated with All Souls Day was Souling or Soalin, where bands of children and the poor went round begging for money, apples, ale, or cake.


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