Day 309: Bonfire Night Parkin

Bonfire Night in Yorkshire can only mean one thing to eat: Parkin.

I have so many memories of my mum making this sticky seasonal treat so I’ve had to dig her recipe out to accustom my own children to the tradition.


  • 175g soft brown sugar
  • 100g butter, cubed
  • 200g wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 200g medium oatmeal
  • 4 tbsp black treacle 
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • Half tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • Half tsp ground nutmeg
  • 250ml milk

Heat the sugar, butter, milk, treacle and golden syrup in a pan very slowly to near boiling point.

Combine the dry ingredients together and add gradually to the pan, stirring until well mixed.

Pour into a lined square tin and bake at 140C for an hour and a half or until cooked through but still springy. 

Although Parkin gets better the longer it’s left as it gets stickier, I’n not sure we’ll have any left to find out! It’s a popular one in our house.

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