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Eating veggie » Recipes » Parkin


Prep time 10 mins, cook time 1 hr 10 mins

Serves 4

Egg-Free, Nut-Free

Parkin is a traditional Northern England gingerbread cake made with oatmeal and black treacle.


  • 100g plain wholemeal flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 100g oatmeal
  • 4 tbsp muscovado sugar
  • 100g black treacle
  • 100g clear honey
  • 100g butter
  • 175ml milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.
  2. Line an 8in square cake tin with baking parchment.
  3. Mix the flour, baking powder, ginger and oatmeal in a bowl.
  4. Gently melt the sugar, treacle, honey or golden syrup and butter or margarine in a saucepan. Leave it to cool down slightly then stir in the milk.
  5. Add the mixture to the dry ingredients, mix thoroughly, then pour into the cake tin. Bake for 50-60 minutes until it feels firm on top.
  6. Remove from the tin and put on a wire tray to cool. Remove the lining paper and store wrapped in foil until served.

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