I didn't try these delectable potato pancakes when I went to Dublin in April. I am trying them now, though, because they are an Irish Halloween staple. When Halloween used to be a festivity called Samhain, all kinds of foods used to be eaten. However, when it became All Hallow's Eve, people had to fast, and meals were vegetarian. Hence the tradition of eating potatoes on this day.
While this recipe is sweet, there are others available elsewhere that are savory. Mainly, harvested foods are enjoyed.
Trick or treating began when children or poor people would go from house to house singing a song, or saying a prayer for the dead, in exchange for a soul cake, flattened bread with fruit in it. Other people would dress up to scare away evil spirits, or to avoid being carried away by them the following morning.
1 pound potatoes, weighed after peeling
1 oz. melted butter
1 1/2 ounces flour and 1/2 ounce oatmeal
pinch of salt
2 teaspoons sugar
10 oz. cooking apples, peeled, cored and sliced
a little milk
1 ounce butter
1 ounce sugar, white or brown
pinch of ground ginger or cinnamon
bake at 400 degrees.
Boil potatoes until they are cooked. Mash them with butter, and add flour, oatmeal, and salt. Roll out half of the dough into an 8-inch round. Cut and slice apples and place them on top of the circle; add butter. Place the second round on top.
Brush the cake with milk and sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon on top.