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About this recipe: My favourite parkin recipe, arrived to after years of practice and tweaking.

mrsnorris Bedfordshire, England, UK

Serves: 16 

  • 110g (4 oz) dark brown soft sugar
  • 110g (4 oz) butter
  • 125 (4 1/4 oz) black treacle
  • 1 egg
  • 140ml (1/4 pint) milk
  • 225g (8 oz) plain flour
  • 225g (8 oz) medium oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Extra time:4days23hr45min  ›  Ready in:5days 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour a 20x30cm baking tin.
  2. Melt the sugar, butter and treacle over low heat.
  3. Beat the egg well and, off the heat, add to the syrup mix with half of the milk.
  4. Combine the flour, oatmeal and ginger in a bowl and pour into the treacle mixture.
  5. Dissolve the bicarb in the remaining milk and add to the rest of the mixture. Stir well, then tip into the prepared tin.
  6. Bake until the cake tests done when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean (about 1 hour). For best flavour, keep in an airtight container for at least 5 days before serving.

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Reviews (2)


Used different ingredients. Didn't have any oatmeal so used porridge oats. It didn't work - tasted good but texture very odd. - 09 Apr 2011


worked very well, family loved it, but it only took 30 mins to cook in my fan oven and certainly won't last 5 days! - (recommended storage before eating) - 27 Feb 2013

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