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cracknel

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrakn(ə)l
 
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Definition of cracknel in English:

noun

1A light, crisp, savoury biscuit.
Example sentences
  • The boiling and frying technique remained in use in the Middle Ages for making cracknels, which were small, crisp, sweet biscuits.
  • Round cracknels were given to festival participants.
  • Reginald stared dismally at the biscuit-tin, which now presented an unattractive array of rejected cracknels.
2A brittle sweet made from set melted sugar, typically containing nuts.
Example sentences
  • This composition of black tea, pieces of cracknel and aroma lead you to believe you have an exquisite praline in your cup.
  • Place a third cracknel and sprinkle the top with icing sugar, then run a little fruit sauce round the edges of the dessert.
  • My brothers tended to go for the caramels and cracknels, which pleased me no end.

Origin

late Middle English: alteration of Old French craquelin, from Middle Dutch krākelinc, from krāken 'to crack'.

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