Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Yorkshire Parkin(?)/Cake

Why the question mark after the Parkin you may ask?
 Well I did not know what Parkin is till this moment and what I have baked is definitely not parkin.  Parkins are North English form of ginger bread. I left out the most important ingredient ginger not because I don’t have it my people do not like ginger much. So it is more of a cake than a parkin.

The whole story began When Susan of a The Well-Seasoned Cook put up this beautiful picture of Yorkshire Parkin I flipped.

 I had to make it!

I did not see the name of the post   I just straight away bookmarked it. Then the print out was hanging as a notice on fridge just waiting for me to just make it.

Finally on Sunday I made it. And was it yummy.

Of course I made changes here is the original yummy recipe.  

It was so yummy before I could make the topping it was over. So next time I will make 2 of this so that I can peacefully try the icing. 

2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup  brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon powder (next time I will use 1 tsp)
2 tsp red chilli powder ( next time will use about 3 tsp)+ 1 tsp for dusting on top (optional)
1 cup quick-cooking oats (also known as thin oats)
1 cup milk + 1 cup more (if needed)
4 tablespoons butter (or margarine)
½ cup golden syrup
½ cup honey
1/3 cup of chocolate chips (as baking is never done without chocolate in my place)

1.   In a bowl soak oats in milk for one hour.
2.   Preheat oven to 180ºC.
3.  Grease a 9”by 7” tray.
4.  In a large bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon powder and chilli powder.
5.  Melt butter and add to the oats along with golden syrup, honey.
6.  Mix well then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and chocolate chips.
7.  Beat with a wire whisk till well blended. Since my batter was very thick I added a little milk.
8.    Pour in the greased tray. Dust the chilli powder on top and bake for 30 minutes. You may bake it till the cake is slightly brown or the knife comes out clean.


  1. Awesome recipe..A must try..Bookmarked


  2. Tickling the taste buds, chilli powder in the cake, what's golden syrup, is it something similar to maple syrup..

  3. THis cake looks absolutely delicious & I can imagine what a divine combo cinnamon & chillies would have been........Bookmarked.

  4. Thanks ladies.
    @Hema golden syrup is a thick syrup even i found it for the first time. I thought it can be substituted with honey.its contents are sugar and citric acid.

  5. Lovely recipe, beautifully baked cake:)

  6. Archana, I am so thrilled that you baked and enjoyed my parkin recipe. It is a very simple, rustic Old-English gingerbread, which you could make with other spices like cloves, nutmeg, and allspice. Treacle is hard to find in the States, but it imparts a very earthy, almost tarry flavor to the cake. Black strap molasses has a similar flavor. Best Wishes!

  7. The recipe sounds fantastic, makes me want to try too.. Is that chocolate sauce on the side? looks like a chocolate design stick, like made with tempered chocolate and cooled :)

  8. lovely recipe, nice combination of flavors,

    thanks for linking to the event

  9. Thanks Archana, the link was proper alright..:)

  10. The recipe sounds great. A must try. thanx for linkin it to my event. PLease so not forget to send a mail with the details so that I can add it to the round up..! Thanx dear..

  11. Sometimes yes, the main ingredient that the dish is named after may not be our favorite :) but sure looks delicious, thats what really we want

  12. tht's wonderful looking cake archana - is that a crystallised choco sugar thing near by- tht's lovely

  13. its chocolate sauce that I was trying to draw line. I cannot draw for nuts so that is the result. Thanks to you and La foodslice I can continue making this mess.

  14. was surprised to see chilli powder in recipe..nice recipe..looks awesome..thanks for linking with my event

  15. Thatz one lovely recipe! I am soo tempted ! Will sure make it soon..

  16. This is a lovely cake,different ingredients inside the cake,I want to try this too...Thanks for sharing
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