An Alternative Easter Treat!
If you’re not a fan of Easter Eggs or chocolate (or, like us, you’ve over-indulged on them already this Easter), then finding something yummy to eat during April can be a little tricky. There is, however, one scrumptious alternative making a come-back that we think you’ll love: Simnel Cake.
Simnel cake is a marzipan topped and centred fruit cake which has been a traditional Easter recipe for many years. Although historically eaten mid-lent, on Mothering Sunday, it has, over the years, become a much-favoured Easter-weekend treat. The cake is topped with 11 balls of marzipan which, as well as being delicious, are said to represent the apostles. Simnel Cake is also said to have been eaten as a formal end to Lent, a 40-day period when Christians abstain from treats.
One of the more popular theories as to the cake’s origin is that it was created by Lambert Simnel, who rebelled against the English throne in 1487. There is some speculation as to the cake’s exact origin however, with references to a bread made from ‘simnel’ (a fine, white flour) dating back to 1226, and the religious connotations being established in the Victorian period.
Whatever its roots, this tasty cake is going through a huge revival at the moment, partly due to the current trend for all things baking-related, so get on your apron, check out our quick-and-easy recipe and rustle-up this timeless classic for your family this Easter!