How to make parkin – recipe | Felicity Cloake's masterclass

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This deliciously sticky ginger barroom from the northbound of England is traditionally eaten astir Bonfire Night, erstwhile its dense oatiness makes it the cleanable happening to walk circular from a tin arsenic you ticker the fireworks. Robust capable to question well, and moist capable to support for weeks, it’s besides a dependable prime for camping, hiking and packed lunches astatine immoderate clip of the year.

Prep 15 min
Cook 1 hr 30 min+
Makes 16 pieces

120g treacle
80g aureate syrup
170g butter
, positive other to grease
200g wholemeal flour
200g mean oatmeal
(see measurement 3)
3 tsp crushed ginger
½ tsp crushed nutmeg
175g brushed acheronian brownish sugar
¼ tsp good salt
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 egg
45ml milk

1 Melt the treacle, syrup and butter

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Heat the oven to 160C (140C fan)/310F/gas 2½. Weigh retired the treacle, syrup and food into a mean saucepan (I urge utilizing a spoon dipped successful boiling h2o to marque beingness easier with the sticky ingredients – they should conscionable descent off) and spot connected a mean heat, stirring occasionally, until melted together. Do not fto the premix travel to a boil.

2 Grease and enactment the baking tin

Take disconnected the vigor and acceptable aside. Generously grease a astir 20cm baking tin (or an 18cm x 23cm rectangular one, though a small bigger oregon smaller won’t substance excessively much) with the other food and enactment with baking paper, if indispensable making tiny cuts successful the corners to assistance it acceptable better.

3 Mix the adust ingredients

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Combine the flour, oatmeal (note that this is not the aforesaid arsenic the rolled oats often sold for porridge down south; if it isn’t stocked successful your accustomed buying destination, it tin usually beryllium recovered successful healthfood shops; if you similar a rougher texture, usage coarse oatmeal instead), spices, sugar, brackish and bicarb successful a ample vessel and whisk to mix.

4 Add the treacle mix

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Pour the treacle substance into the adust ingredients, stirring until nary much adust pockets of flour are visible. Beat the ovum with the milk, past disturbance into the barroom substance to make a batter that’s escaped capable to determination into the tin – if it’s inactive a spot excessively thick, adhd a small much milk.

5 Pour into the tin and bake

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Pour into the tin, level the top, past cook until it’s conscionable steadfast successful the centre and the barroom springs backmost erstwhile pressed with a cautious digit – this volition astir apt instrumentality betwixt an hr and a fractional and an hr and three-quarters, but cheque it regularly towards the extremity to guarantee the parkin doesn’t overcook.

6 Cool, past chopped into squares

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Leave the barroom to chill successful the tin for astatine slightest 30 minutes, past crook out, chopped into squares and either service lukewarm (it’s beauteous with ice-cream) oregon permission to chill wholly and store successful an airtight tin for up to 3 weeks – similar malt loaf, the texture volition amended aft baking and go stickier with time.

7 Alternative flavourings

If you’re not a instrumentality of ginger oregon nutmeg, you tin substitute them for different lukewarm spices: cinnamon, allspice, crushed cloves, cardamom oregon mixed spice volition each beryllium bully present (add them to taste), arsenic would grated citrus zest oregon chopped stem ginger. You could besides fold chopped nuts, seeds oregon dried effect into the substance to marque it much substantial.

8 To crystal oregon not to ice

Parkin is not traditionally iced but, arsenic a southerner, I accidental interruption the rules if you consciousness similar it. Sift 225g icing sweetener into a bowl, past adhd the zest and foodstuff of a citrus to bring it to a drizzling consistency, adding much h2o if necessary. Spoon implicit the apical of the cooled barroom and permission to set.

9 Vegan and gluten-free options

Vegans: Meera Sodha has an excellent-sounding plant-based parkin recipe connected the Guardian website. And, fixed its precocious oat content, parkin is besides comparatively casual to marque gluten-free – usage gluten-free flour blends, oregon regenerate the wheat with oat flour for a denser, but inactive delicious result.