Parkin is a rich spiced cake from Yorkshire or Lancashire that is consumed during bonfire night. Are you unsure of what Bonfire night is? It is a festival in the UK marking the failure of a plot to blow up parliament by Guy Fawkes. This is celebrated by lighting bonfires and fireworks and making a Guy to collect pennies. If you want to know more then this short version of a video by the excellent Horrible Histories series is a great way to find out – tongue in cheek of course!
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp mixed spice
100g dark muscovado sugar
175g golden syrup
175g black treacle
1 Large egg
100ml Lactose free milk
225g Doves Farm Gluten Free self-raising flour
200g Oats (contamination free if you have coeliac disease)
Sieve all the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
Add the egg to the milk and mix
Melt the butter and sugars in a pan until dissolved – cool a little
Mix the ingredients together
You are looking for quite a wet mix, add more lactose free milk if required
Place some baking parchment into a round tin 9 inch baking tin and grease the tin if needed. Or if you wish this can be used as a tray bake. Cook at gas mark 4.5 until a skewer placed in the cake centre comes out clean. Top with icing sugar and star shaped sprinkles to represent fireworks.