Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated across the United Kingdom marking the failed attempt of Guy Fawkes to blow up English Parliament on November 5, 1605.
Parkin holds court as traditional favorite for Guy Fawkes Day in the UK. Guy was from Yorkshire, hence the name. It is a moist sticky cake similar to gingerbread. It contains whole wheat flour and rolled oats so does have some health benefits. I cut the fat in my version, but you can’t escape the sugar in the treacle and golden syrup which gives it the distinctive flavour and texture.
The Amazing Flavours of Yorkshire Parkin
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 4 tsp. ground ginger
- 2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp. ground mace
- 2 cups rolled oats
- ½ cup black treacle (molasses)
- ½ cup golden syrup
- ¼ cup applesauce
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 ¼ cups warm milk
- 1 large egg lightly beaten
- Preheat oven to 325 F.
- Mix together flour and spices. Stir in the rolled oats. Gently melt treacle, golden syrup and applesauce over low heat. Make a well in the center of flour mixture and pour in melted ingredients.
- Dissolve baking soda in warmed milk and add to mixture, And then add the egg. Mix to a soft batter and pour into a greased square 9 x 9 pan.
- Bake for 40 minutes.
- Your parkin should be an even brown color and have shrunk away slightly from the sides of the pan when properly baked.
- Leave to cool on a wire rack. Although you can eat the cake right away, it gets stickier and more flavourful if you wrap and store it for several days. Stored in an airtight container and it will keep for weeks.
- Serve on its own as squares, or as a cake with your favorite whipped topping. You know me, I love non fat greek yoghurt sweetened with honey.