Sticky treacle Bonfire Night Parkin. Great on its own or heated with custard.
Finally……I have managed to get around to making my first ever batch of Parkin. As a child I had Parkin in enormous quantities every Halloween and Bonfire night. Lovingly made by my Grandma it was a delightful tradition that I feel is well worth treasuring.
Several years later, I find myself stumbling through Halloween and bonfire night without so much as a whiff of this oaty, crumbly, treacly goodness. So this year its time to set the record straight. My Grandmas recipe is in need of rescuing and I’m not about to stand around and leave it to whither into the past. My Godmother was also a wonderful cook and had a fabulous talent for excellent Parkin.
So, armed with the recipes of two amazing women I set out to create my own Bonfire night treacle Parkin.
If only they were still here to guide me!!
A couple of hours and only a whole tin of black treacle later, I produced a batch of Parkin that I am pretty chuffed with. The first lot (the trial run) was definitely way too pale and more like a ginger cake, but the second attempt was the perfect colour and tasted just as I remember from when I was younger.
I think I’m right in saying that Parkin is more of a Northern tradition. But whatever, its a tradition that I love and intend to maintain. Whats funny is that its taken me so long to make it. Its actually a very easy cake to make, no electric mixer required and the recipe is really straight forward.
Black treacle and oats are a must in Parkin – its what makes the taste and texture so distinctive. The more treacle the better – as I said, I managed to get through a full tin! 🙂
Once made this lovely Parkin can be stored in an air tight container for a good few weeks. The longer you keep it the better it gets – so sticky and gooey – its ridiculously good.
I reckon theres still enough time to make at least a couple more batches before Bonfire night 🙂
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