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Easy Soul Cakes Recipe

These traditional English soul cakes are a cross between a scone and a biscuit - lightly spiced and filled with currants or raisins were traditionally made for All Souls' Day on the 2nd November.
Servings: 18 Cakes
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins

Ingredients

  • 100 g butter
  • 100 g golden caster sugar
  • 2 egg yolks - free range
  • 250 g plain flour
  • 1 pinch saffron - or turmeric for the colour
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 2 tbs milk
  • 50 g raisins

Instructions

  • Cut up the butter into small chunks to allow it to soften.   Turn the oven on 180C / 360F / GM 4
  • Using an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar together in a medium sized mixing bowl until light and fluffy.  
  • Whisk in the egg yolks.
  • Add the flour and spices adding enough milk until you have a dough that holds together.
  • Stir in the raisins.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll out to about 1cm thick
  • Bake at 180C / 360F / GM 4 for about 25 mins until golden and firm.

Notes

  • These soul cakes are 5 Weight Watchers Smart Points each.
  • The soul cakes keep for 3 days in an airtight tin.
  • You can freeze the cookie dough wrapped well in plastic wrap and a bag, then defrost, roll and bake as per the recipe.
  • Mixed spice is a warming mix of ground spices. The one I buy in the UK contains cinnamon, caraway, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and coriander seed.  If you don't have mixed spice add half a teaspoon in total of any of these.   If you don't have any all spice then use extra mixed spice.   
• Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
• Unless stated otherwise cup conversions have been made with an online tool. For accuracy please check with your favoured conversion tool. We recommend buying inexpensive digital kitchen scales.
Serving: 20cakes | Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 37mg | Potassium: 36mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Baked Goods
Cuisine: Cakes & Bakes, Traditional British
Keyword: Soul Cakes