Recipe: Parkin

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Traditional sticky cake to serve on bonfire night; yummy mix of oatmeal, ginger, treacle and syrup.


  • 12 oz. (350g) medium oatmeal
  • 4 oz. (125g) wholemeal flour
  • 4 oz. (125g) margarine
  • 4 oz. (125g) honey
  • 4 oz. (125g) black treacle
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 4 tbsps. skimmed milk
  • half a tsp. bicarbonate of soda
  • Cooking Instructions:

    1. Grease a 11 inch (28cm) x 7 inch (18cm) cake tin
    2. Pre-heat oven to 325F, Gas Mark 3, 160C
    3. Blend together the flour, oats and ginger in a mixing bowl
    4. Gently heat the margarine, treacle and honey in a saucepan until the margarine has melted
    5. Add the flour, oats and ginger and mix well
    6. Gently heat the milk until lukewarm and stir in the bicarbonate of soda
    7. Add to the oatmeal mixture and beat well
    8. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin
    9. Bake in the pre-heated oven for one and a half hours
    10. Cool in the tin for about 15 minutes then finish cooling on a wire rack
    11. This cake is best left stored in an air-tight tin for a few days before cutting

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