Bonfire Night Treats

Now we have got over Haloween and the horror that is Pumpkin (I'm yet to be convinced of the merits of Pumpkin Pie) I thought I'd post a recipe for a traditional Bonfire Night dish - Parkin.  As a child growing up in the North West of England Bonfire night was always a much bigger night than Haloween.  The food was almost as important as the fireworks, Black peas, Treacle Toffee, Parkin, Baked potatoes cooked in the bonfire.  Parking is a sticky ginger cake that keeps really well, perfect with a cup of tea or served warm with ice-cream. Here is a simple recipe.


Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas 2. Line a 22cm/8in tin. 

  2. Sieve the flour, sugar, ginger and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl. 

  3. In a small pan gently heat the butter and syrup until melted. 

  4. Beat the egg into the milk. 

  5. Gradually pour the butter and syrup into the flour and stir. The mixture will be thick. 

  6. Pour in the egg and milk and stir until smooth and pour into the lined tin. 

  7. Bake for about an hour or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean