The Medieval Vegan

Vegan cooking, crafting, and other medieval fun

Soul Cakes

Souling_on_Halloween

Medieval Trick or Treating

Halloween (or Hallows eve) is over and it’s now All Saints Day (or All Hallows), a day for remembering and honoring those exceptional Christians who have gone before us. Tomorrow will be All Souls day, set aside for remembering all the faithful departed. This, then, is a season for remembering the dead and all that entails: prayers, visiting and tending to the graves of loved ones, and baking. In Medieval England the poor and children would go door to door (a proto-trick or treating) and collect cakes and sweets in exchange for singing carols and for praying for the dead. This was known as souling and the cakes were called soul cakes. So today seemed like a fitting day to try out making some soul cakes.

While not Medieval, there is a traditional English song that you can listen to here.

I used a recipe from food.com but subbed out vegan butter, egg replacer, and almond milk. They look like cookies to me but are really more of a biscuit. I think they would go well with some tea as they aren’t too sweet and have a nice, crumbly texture.

soulcake

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