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Parkin is a cake that is traditionally eaten on or around the event of Bonfire Night. The recipe originates from the north of England, and whilst often associated with Yorkshire, it is also very popular in other areas of the UK, including Lancashire. Parkin can be baked hard and then allowed to soften with resting, when it also becomes more moist and sometimes sticky. It’s a tasty sweet treat to enjoy on a cold Autumn evening and is very simple to make. Our recipe uses agave syrup instead of molasses and if you wanted to make this recipe vegan, it would be very easy to use egg replacer and dairy-free butter and milk alternatives instead.

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5.0 (1 votes)

Posted by: Ruth




1 - 2 hrs

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Courses etc.

Baking Sweet

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oil, for greasing

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225g self raising flour More products
1 tsp ground ginger More products
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda More products
1 egg, lightly beaten

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115g Xylitol More products
60g butter Available only in our Edinburgh shops More products
115g agave syrup More products
225ml  milk Available only in our Broughton Street shop More products

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  • Preheat the oven to 150°C/gas 2.
  • Grease a 25 x 18 cm cake tin and line with greased greaseproof paper.
  • Sift the flour, ginger and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl.
  • Stir in the egg and then the Xylitol, mixing well.
  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter and the agave syrup, stirring to mix. Remove from the heat and stir in the milk.
  • Gradually stir the milk mixture into the flour and egg mixture. Stir until smooth, then pour into the prepared tin.
  • Bake for about 1 hour or until the mixture starts to shrink away from the sides of the tin.
  • Remove from the oven and turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
  • Cut into squares and serve, preferably after about 3 to 4 days when the parkin will have become nice and sticky.

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