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Bonfire Parkin

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Bonfire Parkin
15th October, 2017

I remember my first ever taste of Parkin as a kid and I fell in love with its sticky goodness at the first bite. I tried to make it myself a few years later and it was awful. No-one had told me to leave it for a few days after baking

Make this at least a week before Bonfire night so it’s really sticky. Longer is you can though!


  • 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
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger


    Preheat oven to 160 degrees Centigrade.

    Grease and line with baking paper a deep 9 inch square cake tin

    Melt the syrup, treacle, sugar and butter together in a large sauce pan until the sugar has dissolved and then remove from the heat to cool down

    Beat the egg and milk together and keep to one side

    Mix together the oatmeal, flour and ginger and stir into the syrup mixture in the sauce pan before adding the egg and milk and give it a good mix

    Pour the mixture into the lined tin and bake for 1 hour and then pull out of the oven

    Cool it in the tin and then remove but try and keep the lining intact so that when you wrap in more baking paper it’ll become softer and stickier the longer you leave it.

    Ideally you can leave it for 2 weeks but it's pretty darned good after a few days