Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr
Remember, remember the fifth of November Gunpowder, treason and plot. I cannot think of a reason why gunpowder, treason Should ever be forgot. Parkin is a ginger bread type food that is traditionally eaten on bonfire (Guy Fawkes) night in Yorkshire. It's good at any other time during autumn or winter as well though!
- 125 g butter (4oz) or 125 g lard (4oz)
- 125 g golden syrup (4oz)
- 125 g black treacle (4oz)
- 125 g sugar (4oz)
- 250 g plain flour (8oz)
- 250 g medium oatmeal (8oz)
- 1 pinch salt
- 4 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 egg, beaten
- Preheat oven to 150°C/Gas 2/300°F and grease an oven proof dish, approx 10x10 or equivalent.
- Over a very low heat, melt the butter with the golden syrup, treacle and sugar, stirring continuously until the sugar is all melted.
- In a bowl sift together flour, oatmeal, baking soda, salt, ginger and cinnamon.
- Make a well in the centre and pour in the melted butter mixture.
- Beat together.
- When combined add the egg and mix until you have a smooth soft batter.
- If the batter seems to be stiff add 1tbsp of milk.
- Pour into the greased oven dish and bake 50-60 minutes in the top half of your oven.
- Cool and cut into squares.
- This will last a long time if you store it in an airtight cookie tin.
I made this exactly as written for my British honey. He spit out the first bite and said it was nothing like he remembered from England! I had never tried this dish and hate that I wasted so much golden syrup for nothing.