“Soul soul for a souling cake
I pray you, missis, for a souling cake
Apple or pear, plum or cherry
Anything to make us merry …”
Here is a cool custom to boost your Catholic Identity Quotient for this super Catholic day, All Souls.
Someone sent a link to a recipe for “Soul Cake”. Here is the intro:
Soul Cake recipe is from the Cheshire region, on the border with North Wales. A Soul Cake (or Souling Cake) is a small round cake, like a biscuit, which is traditionally made for All Souls’ Day (the 2nd November, the day after All Saint’s Day) to celebrate the dead. These plain cakes, often simply referred to as souls, were given out to the soulers, children and the poor, (beggars) who would go from door to door during this period saying prayers and singing psalms and songs for the dead.
Traditionally each cake eaten would represent a soul being freed from Purgatory. The practice of giving and eating soul cakes is often seen as the origin of modern day Trick or Treating, which now falls on Halloween (two days before All Souls’ Day). The tradition of ‘souling’ and giving out Soul Cakes on All Soul’s Day originated in Britain and Ireland hundreds of years ago, from giving out bread on All Souls’ Day during the devout Middle Ages….
There is also a link to Catterning Cake, equally interesting. They are for St. Catherine’s Day on 25 November and are named either after St. Catherine of Alexandria or perhaps for Catherine of Aragon (in which case I might include some pomegranate).
If someone makes Souling Cakes today, All Souls, please take photos and give us a review!
There are photos and step by step directions.
Don’t you think some Mystic Monk Coffee or Tea would go well with these?
A reader sent this photo and note!
Dear Fr. Zuhlsdorf,
I made the soul cakes with a blend of gluten-free flours and dairy-free margarine in place of the butter, to suit my dietary restrictions. They were shared around, and many prayers offered up for the souls in purgatory as a result. A lovely tradition, and a delicious recipe.