Parkin for bonfire night

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Heres the promised blog post on a bit more of my baking! Now parkin is something i have had every year at bonfire night, along with cheesy baked potatoes, veggie hot dogs and cinder toffee. But i really think it must be a yorkshire thing because noone in my halls had heard of it until i made it today. Its a tray bake style ginger cake and its surprisingly easy to make. So here is the recipe i used:

12oz fine oatmeal
6oz plain flour
1tsp ginger
½tsp baking powder
½oz sugar
¼tsp salt (optional)
1lb golden syrup
4oz butter
½tsp bi-carbonate of soda
¼ pint milk

Mix together the oatmeal, flour, sugar, ginger, (salt), baking powder in a large mixing bowl.  
Add the butter to the syrup in a separate bowl and gently warm until the butter is melted. Add this to the dry ingredients and stir well. 
Dissolve the bi-carbonate of soda in slightly warmed milk and then add this to the rest of the ingredients and mix together well.
Pour into a deep greased/lined baking tray.

Bake for 1 ½ hours at 150C.

This is my great grandmas recipe that my mum gave to me, after she had a little shock that the one i find online didnt contain particular ingredients. But it means all the measurements are imperial, i just used google converter to find the metric equivalent.
I forgot to take pictures as i was going along, clearly got far too into the baking, but here's the final product. Quite impressed with how it tastes as well.


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