Friday, 31 October 2014

Sticky parkin - ideal for halloween or a traditional bonfire night treat

Parkin is a traditional bonfire night treat in Lancashire and this recipe unlike quite a lot of other recipes this immediately has that essential sticky quality that a good parkin needs, easily made gluten free this is also an ideal treat for those unexpected trick or treaters on Halloween.

Featuring a warming mixture of spices and lots of lovely treacly flavours and its flavour improves even further with keeping.

What you need

  • 125g butter or quality margarine
  • 125g dark brown sugar
  • 220g treacle
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 150g plain flour (gluten free works fine)
  • 2 heaped tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp of freshly ground nutmeg
  • Good pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 200g oatmeal (fine or medium - ensure gluten free if necessary)
  • 60ml of skimmed milk
  • 9" by 9" square tin, lined with baking parchment

What you do

  • Preheat your oven to 150c (fan) or 170c (std oven)
  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter, sugar and treacle, once melted add the bicarbonate of soda and allow to cool slightly.
  • In a large baking bowl, place the flour, Ginger, nutmeg, cloves,oatmeal and baking powder. Mix well together and then add the melted treacle mixture
  • Stir together and add the milk, mix until you have a very loose liquid cake batter.
  • Pour into the prepared tin and bake for about 50 minutes or so until a cocktail stick comes out of the cake clean.
  • Cool in the tin until its safe to handle (normally about 30 mins) and then cool fully on a wire rack
  • Cut into squares to serve, stores well wrapped in an airtight tin.

I'm linking up to Tea Time Treats co-created by Lavender and Lovage and  this month hosts Hedgecombers, the theme this month being BONFIRE NIGHT!

                                                     Tea Time Treats Lavender and Lovage

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Ooh, that's a proper traditional bonfire night dish! Thanks so much for sharing with Tea Time Treats :)
Janie x

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