I’m dreaming of a white Easter… It doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it? Yet, Spring has not sprung in this part of the world; snow is on the ground and temperatures have stayed stubbornly in single digits since Christmas. No sign of buds on trees, daffodils lining flowerbeds or bunnies hopping in green fields. Still, if nature isn’t heralding the arrival of Spring, I can do so in the kitchen, with a Simnel Cake. It is my offering for this Easter/Passover #SundaySupper, hosted by Carla of Chocolate Moosey.
Simnel Cake is a very traditional British cake, originally baked for Mother’s Day by servant girls who were given the day off to visit their families. It was sort of a mid-lent treat, packed with goodies such as dried fruit, spices and marzipan. Over time, it came to be synonymous with Easter, baked at the end of lent as a celebration of the end of the fasting period.
A traditional Simnel Cake is heavy on the fruit, but to belie the wintry weather outside, I wanted to make a lighter, more springlike version, so I haven’t put so much in. I also added some lemon juice for a bit of zing and glace cherries for a bit of brightness. It is sort of a ‘cake with fruit’ rather than a fruitcake, I suppose. It is also supposed to have 11 marzipan balls on top to signify the 11 apostles (minus Judas), but as I baked a relatively small cake, I only had 6. Sorry, apostles.
If you haven’t heard of this cake before, it is a great thing for an Easter celebration; if you have, I hope you enjoy my take on it.
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