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For our Northern Hemisphere readers, autumn is in full swing, and Samhain approaches. Ever hear the phrase "going a-souling"? Soul cakes were traditionally baked as a gift for the spirits of the dead. In many European countries, the idea of "Souling" became an acceptable alternative for Christians. The cakes took many different names and shapes -- in some areas, they were simple shortbread, and in others they were baked as fruit-filled tarts. Make up a batch to keep handy at Samhain -- you never know who might come a-knocking at your chamber door! Four Soul Cake Recipes
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