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All Saints Day, November 1, is a feast to honor all of the Saints . This holiday festival used to be known as All Hallows Day as the feast actually began the previous evening, the Eve of the Hallows (Saints) or Hallow’s Eve and what we now call Halloween. November 2 is also known as All Souls Day and as tradition goes the the two days, Nov 1 and 2, were to be separate with the first honoring the Patron Saints in Heaven and the latter  lost souls in purgatory.

Traditions and stories have varied over the years as well as festivities. One common tradition is the making of Soul Cakes. These cakes were originally prepared by the poor Christians to give to the deceased (souls) in exchange of money and food. Below is a simple recipe to make:

1/2 stick butter

1/2 C sugar

3 egg yolks

2 1/2 C flour

pinch of salt

pinch of ground spice

warm milk

Directions: Mix dry ingredients then add egg yolks, following warm milk. Stir until batter is firm. Pour onto a floured counter, roll out about 1/3 inch thick.  Cut and place on a greased cookie sheet, mark cakes with a fork and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. After baking sprinkle with powdered sugar while still warm.

Happy Hallow’s Eving

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