|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 37g||48%|
|Saturated Fat 21g||106%|
|Total Carbohydrate 135g||49%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||6%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Sticky, moist, tasty, and ever so comforting, a traditional Yorkshire parkin is the stuff of winter nights and bonfires. It's one of the best cakes for enjoying a taste of Yorkshire.
Yorkshire parkin is primarily the Northern English form of gingerbread, but different parkins are characterized by where they are made. The difference between gingerbread and parkin is parkin typically contains oats, while gingerbread does not. It is traditionally eaten on Bonfire Night, November 5, which celebrates the great failure of Guy Fawkes to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605.
This parkin recipe is easy to make and creates a lovely, moist, sticky spice cake. And although you can eat the cake almost immediately, it gets stickier if you wrap and store it for several days. In addition to keeping well in an airtight tin, this recipe can be eaten as a cake or warmed as a pudding with a dollop of custard. Use it as an alternative to sponge cake in a trifle, giving it a more autumn-y flavor.
- 8 ounces / 220 grams butter (soft)
- 1 cup / 200 grams golden syrup (or light corn syrup)
- 1/2 cup / 110 grams dark brown sugar (soft)
- 1/4 cup / 55 grams black treacle (or molasses)
- 1 cup / 200 grams self-rising flour
- 1/2 cup / 110 grams medium oatmeal
- 4 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon mixed spice (or pumpkin pie spice)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 large eggs (beaten)
- 2 tablespoons milk (if needed)
Gather the ingredients.
Preheat the oven to 275 F / 140 C / Gas Mark 1. Grease an 8 x 8-inch square cake tin.
In a large, heavy-based saucepan, melt together the butter, golden syrup, brown sugar, and treacle over a gentle heat. Do not allow the mixture to boil; you simply need to melt them together.
In a large, spacious baking bowl, stir together the flour, oatmeal, ginger, nutmeg, mixed spice, and baking powder.
Gradually add the melted butter mixture, stirring to coat all the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Gradually beat in the eggs a few tablespoons at a time.
Add a tablespoon of milk at a time if the mixture feels dry. You are looking for a soft cake batter. Stir well.
Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and cook for 1 1/2 hours, until firm, set, and a dark golden brown.
Remove the parkin from the oven and leave to cool in the tin.
Once cool, slice and store the parkin in an airtight tin for a minimum of three days for the best flavor.
Serve and enjoy.
How to Store
Parkin improves with a little age as it becomes moist and sticky. Store in an airtight container lined with parchment or waxed paper and consume within a couple of weeks. Parkin can also be frozen for longer storage. Wrap in parchment or waxed paper followed by plastic wrap. Place in an airtight container or zip-top bag and freeze for up to three months. Defrost in the fridge before serving.
- You can even leave it up to a week before eating, and the flavors really develop, and the mixture softens even further and becomes moist and sticky. The Parkin will keep up to two weeks in an airtight container.
- It is a lovely sticky cake, but also makes a fab pudding with a little vanilla ice cream or go the whole hog and have custard.
Why Is Parkin Called Parkin?
The exact origins of parkin are unknown. The first known reference to the word is from the early 1700s, and the name may have come from a surname. It is popular in northern England during winter months, especially on Guy Fawkes Night.