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(Day 7) Yorkshire Ginger Parkin Recipe

08 December 2014

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Say Merry Christmas with own-made Yorkshire Parkin
Give a little more of yourself this Christmas with this Yorkshire Parkin recipe as a home-made food gift treats.

Yorkshire Ginger Parkin is a type of ginger cake that originated in Northern England around the 18th century. Flavoured with ground ginger and treacle. A hearty, comforting ginger cake made with oatmeal and black treacle shouldn’t only be eaten on Bonfire Night but the warm spices also remind me of Christmas.

This is one of my favourite ‘comfort food’ cakes, and perfect with a cuppa tea! This recipe makes 16 squares, and make it in advance so that the cake becomes moist and sticky.

Ingredients (makes 16 squares)

  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 200g butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 200g golden syrup
  • 85g treacle
  • 85g light soft brown sugar
  • 100g medium oatmeal
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Prep: Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Grease a deep 22cm/9in square cake tin and line with baking parchment. Beat the egg and milk together with a fork.
  2. Gently melt the syrup, treacle, sugar and butter together in a large pan until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat. Mix together the oatmeal, flour, pinch of salt, cinnamon and ginger and stir into the syrup mixture, followed by the egg and milk.
  3. Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 1 hr or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean – keep an eye on it as parkin can easily become dry and over baked. Cool in the tin, then enjoy – a perfect accompaniment with a cup of tea.

TIP: you can wrap the cake in foil and keep for 3-5 days before eating (if you can resist) – leaving it to develop will give it a moist and sticky texture, as well as making the flavour richer and deeper.

Christmas craft fairs and markets selling handmade cards and own-made treats are happening all over the place during this festive season, so why not pop along to your nearest one for ideas and inspiration on what you could make for that special someone – it’s not being frugal or tacky. To me, homemade food gifts definitely carries the ‘awwwwwwe’ factor!

Let me know what you guys end up making or doing over the festive holidays….. Go on, make something your own this Christmas.

{All photos by Cindy Cheung}


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