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Traditional English Recipe - Parkin

Another traditional recipe, it originates from Yorkshire and is traditionally eaten on Bonfire Night. When I was a child, we called it sticky goo. :-)


1/4 lb butter
1/4 lb treacle
1/4 lb soft brown sugar
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
6 tbsp milk
1/4 lb plain flour
1/4 lb medium oatmeal
a small pinch of salt
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp mixed spice
1 egg


  1. Pre heat the oven.
  2. Grease and line a 6 inch square tin.
  3. Melt the butter with the treacle and sugar, stirring regularly (do not let it boil).
  4. Let the mixture cool.
  5. Mix the flour, spices and oatmeal.
  6. Beat in the treacle mix with the milk and egg, using a wooden spoon.
  7. Mix in the bicarbonate.
  8. Place mixture into the tin.
  9. Bake for 1 hour.
  10. Cool in the tin.
  11. Store the cake for about two days in an airtight tin to let it moisten up.


To bake: To cook in an oven.

To beat: To thoroughly combine ingredients and incorporate air with a rapid, circular motion. This may be done with a wooden spoon, wire whisk, rotary eggbeater, electric mixer or food processor.

To grease: to apply a layer of fat to a surface to prevent food from sticking, e.g. grease the baking tray with butter.

To melt: Use a high temperature to turn a fat into liquid.

To mix: To beat or stir food ingredients together until they are combined.

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