Parkin – Yorkshire Gingerbread Cake

Parkin - Yorkshire Gingerbread Cake

When you greatly dislike black treacle and
have a moderate-to-high aversion to ginger you just have to question what you are
doing with you life and why it is exactly that you sit on the kitchen floor for
an hour and a half on a school night with your eyelids dying to call it a day
and stare blankly at the oven waiting for a boatload of gingerbread cake to
slowly take its shape (and that’s without even taking into consideration a
prequel offlapjack incidents and
ingredient crises and creativity crises and identity crises, the prospect of a
cooling time a stone’s throw to eternity, four entire moons before you even get
to slice the thing – it’s got to be STICKY, and the sudden urge to sack it all
off and never mind the tooth decay, peacefully suck on the container of golden
syrup that is invitingly sitting in front of you like you do on a baby’s bottle).

I don’t think I can find an answer to these
questions and I most definitely don’t need a slab of vegan Parkin to come to
the conclusion that I don’t know what I’m doing with my life; but what I do
know is that as soon as I munched my way through the first of one too many
squares of this soft spongy cake, this revelation made its sticky way to me –
that catastrophes are source of the best stories; that solitude leads to
adventures, bear-shaped brioche buns and good night’s sleep; that nine-to-five
jobs cater for sunshiny Daves and little lions (and sponsor phone calls to
them), and film cameras for lifetime accomplices; and that if you tie yourself
to someone’s balloon and let it go, just before it bursts you get to touch the
clouds and they feel like candy floss. And that, if from horrid treacle and soapy
ginger comes heavenly Parkin, there’s got to be room for hope.


1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

3 tablespoons water

225g (2 ¼ cups) medium oatmeal

110g (1 cup) self-raising flour

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon salt

225g (3/4 cup) golden syrup

50g (3 tablespoons) black treacle

110g (1/2 cup) margarine

110g (1/2 cup) dark brown soft sugar

1 tablespoon soya milk or other non-dairy

Preheat the oven to 140°C (280°F) and line
a 20x20cm (8×8”) square tin with baking paper. In a small bowl, whisk together
ground flaxseed and water and leave to set. In a separate bowl, combine oats,
flour, ginger and salt. Place golden syrup, treacle, margarine and sugar in a
pan over low heat, stirring until the margarine is melted and the mixture is
well combined. Gradually pour it into the dry mix and mix until combined. Next
add the flaxseed mixture, then the milk. Pour into the prepared tin and bake
for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until it looks firm. Let cool in the tin for 30
minutes then take out. When completely cool wrap in cling film or foil and keep
for 3-5 days before cutting into squares and serving as it’ll become softer and

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Eva Rosenberg

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Welcome to Eva's Kitchen where I share my adventures in cooking. My creations may not always turn out Pinterest perfect, but I usually end up with a funny picture or an interesting meal. Thanks for stopping by!


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