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n. Chiefly British
1. A crisp bread made of fine wheat flour.
2. A rich fruitcake sometimes covered with almond paste and traditionally eaten at mid-Lent, Easter, and Christmas.

[Middle English, from Old French siminel, from Medieval Latin siminellus, ultimately from Latin simila, fine flour; see semolina.]
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Noun1.simnel - a crisp bread of fine white floursimnel - a crisp bread of fine white flour  
bread, breadstuff, staff of life - food made from dough of flour or meal and usually raised with yeast or baking powder and then baked
2.simnel - a fruitcake (sometimes covered with almond paste) eaten at mid-Lent or Easter or Christmas
fruitcake - a rich cake containing dried fruit and nuts and citrus peel and so on
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
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"Is it not enough that you leech me of good marks of such a quantity that you may ever after wear mantles of villosa and feast on simnel bread and malmsey, that you must needs burden me still further with the affliction of thy vile tongue?
All these were duly packed away deep in the traveller's scrip, and above them old pippin-faced brother Athanasius had placed a parcel of simnel bread and rammel cheese, with a small flask of the famous blue-sealed Abbey wine.
We've transformed simnel cake into a citrussy sour - topped with a ball of golden marzipan for a traditional decoration.
Yummy, and a dream ticket with simnel cake and milk chocolate eggs.
Ash Wednesday, of course, is the next day Fasting begins; goodies hidden away The sign of ashes on the forehead Is sometimes used to remember the dead Fourth Sunday of Lent is Mother's Day Giving gifts and cards is the modern way Or Simnel cake topped with marzipan ball For eleven disciples standing faithful and tall Fish on Good Friday; what's that all about?
EASTER SIMNEL CAKE PS12, M&S A DELICATELY spiced all-butter fruit cake with a layer of soft marzipan baked into the centre, decorated with toasted marzipan, this is perfect for after Easter lunch.
Heston Simnel Inspired Hot Cross Buns PS1.89 for 2, Waitrose TWO classic Easter treats swirled into one Simnel inspired hot cross bun, scented with orange and packed with vine fruits, marzipan pieces and nibbed almonds.
SIMNEL A Type of cake B A cooking vessel C Hot desert wind who am I?
In my day it was a fish feast on Good Friday, Simnel cake and hot cross buns on Saturday, a couple of Easter eggs on Sunday and a leg of lamb lunch with some daffs on the table if we pushed the boat out.
Waitrose Easter Simnel Cake, PS7.99 A traditional Easter treat, this spiced sponge cake with a layer of marzipan baked within, topped with marzipan and 11 marzipan balls, is delicious.
A parade of dainty delights fresh from the pastry kitchen include a chocolate cremeaux flower pot, mini Simnel cake, peppermint macaron and Creme egg lollipop, which will be a sure favourite for big and little chicks alike.
Rating: +++++ Heston Simnel Inspired Hot Cross Buns, Two for PS1.89, Waitrose Packed with juicy vine fruits, small chunks of orange peel and almonds, these rather dense buns are scented with orange oil which you can smell and taste too.