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Looking for a fall/winter gingerbread-style cake? Try Parkin, which is associated with Northern England. It is traditionally made with ginger, oatmeal, treacle, and golden syrup. This is a popular recipe for those celebrating Guy Fawkes on November the 5th.
The cake is made using golden syrup and black treacle, both of which are available in some stores but can also be found online from specialty English food companies and from Amazon. It is possible to use dark molasses and dark corn syrup. These will yield similar results, but somewhat sweeter – however, if you can use the real stuff, do it.
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  • 1 1/2 cups oatmeal, or porridge oats
  • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cups black treacle, can substitute dark molasses
  • 1/4 cup golden syrup, dark corn syrup is completely different in flavor and will be a much sweeter cake
  • 1 cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk


  • Preheat the oven to 275 degrees, and line a 8×8 baking tin with butter and parchment paper.
  • In a bowl mix the beaten egg and milk.
  • Place a saucepan on a low heat and melt the butter, adding the sugar, black treacle and golden syrup, do not boil. When fully melted remove from the heat.
  • In a separate large bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, ginger, mace, and salt.
  • After the melted butter and syrup mixture has cooled for about 10 mins, gently stir in the eggs and milk.
  • Combine with the dry ingredients into a well mixed batter, making sure all the oats are coated.
  • Pour into the prepared tin and place in the oven.
  • Bake for 60 – 80 minutes, until firm, set, and a dark golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and allow to completely cool in tin.
  • Once cooled, remove from tin, slice cake into squares and place in sealed container, lined with parchment.
  • Leave for 2-3 days, as this will help develop more taste and become sticky.
  • Enjoy!!

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