Parkin recipe

This squidgy, ginger-spiked cake is a real classic, made with oats, treacle and warming mixed spice. It’s the perfect comfort food for when days start to get shorter and colder

How to

1. Melt the butter, sugar, treacle and syrup in a pan over a medium heat, continually stirring, until the butter has melted and everything is combined. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 5-10 minutes while you butter and line a 22cm square tin, and heat the oven to 170C/fan 150C/gas 3.


2. Whisk the flour, spices and oats in a bowl to combine, then pour over the butter and sugar mixture, and mix well. Add a pinch of salt, crack in the eggs, stir in the milk, stem ginger and syrup, and mix again until combined. Scrape into the tin and transfer to the oven. Bake for 50 minutes-1 hour or until the skewer pushed into the centre comes out clean. Cool in the tin, then wrap in baking paper, then foil. Keep for one week, well wrapped – it will become stickier the longer you leave it.

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