a hard, brittle cake or biscuit.
cracknels, small bits of fat pork fried crisp.

Compare scrapple.

Origin of cracknel

1350–1400; Middle English crak(e)nele < Middle French *craquenelle, metathetic alteration of craquelin < Middle Dutch crākelinc, equivalent to crāke(n) to crack + -linc -ling1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a type of hard plain biscuit
(often plural) US and Canadian crisply fried bits of fat pork

Word Origin for cracknel

C15: perhaps from Old French craquelin, from Middle Dutch krākelinc, from krāken to crack
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