To get us in the mood for the chilly Autumn weather I decided to do some traditional baking, just right for bonfire season!

It’ s the first time I have made Parkin although I have wanted to try for a while, and it turned out pretty well, the recipe is originally from “The Simple Things” magazine the November issue.


It’s very tasty just on its own with a cuppa, or delicious as a dessert warmed with ice cream.

This recipe makes around 9 pieces.


125g unsalted butter plus extra for greasing
125g dark muscovado sugar
225g treacle
1/2 tsp bicarb of soda
150g plain flour
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
pinch of ground cloves
1 tsp baking powder
200g oats (I used basic porridge oats)
50-60ml of milk- more if required



  1. preheat the oven to 170C/150C FAN/ 325F. Butter a 20cm square tin and line the base and sides with baking parchment.
  2. In a saucepan gently heat the butter, sugar and treacle until melted and sticky. Add the bicarbonate of soda and allow to cool slightly (around 10 mins should do it)
  3. In a large mixing bowl sift together the flour, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and baking powder, then add the oats.
  4. Stir the syrup mixture gently into the dry ingredients adding enough milk to make a very moist batter (the oats soak up a lot of the liquid so the batter needs to be very moist so that the cake isn’t too dry.)
  5. Pour into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 50-60 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.
  6. Cool in the tin for 20 mins then turn out onto a wire wrack to cool completely. Will keep in an air tight container for up to a week and even improves with age!


6 thoughts on “Parkin”

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