Perfect Parkin


A British treat made of oats and molasses matures for several days for a delicious, gooey texture.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
Additional Time:
1 day 1 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
1 day 3 hrs 30 mins
16 squares


  • ½ cup butter

  • cup packed dark brown sugar

  • ½ cup golden syrup (such as Lyle's®)

  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup (such as Lyle's®)

  • cup molasses

  • 1 ½ cups self-rising flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 cup quick cooking oats

  • 1 large egg

  • ½ cup whole milk


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch square baking pan and line with parchment paper.

  2. Stir together butter, sugar, 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon golden syrup, and molasses in a saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until butter is melted and mixture is smooth, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let mixture cool 5 minutes.

  3. Whisk flour, baking soda, and oats together in a large bowl. Stir in butter mixture. Add egg, then milk, and stir until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly.

  4. Bake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely in pan, about 1 1/2 hours.

  5. Cover pan tightly with foil or plastic wrap, without letting it touch surface of cake, and let stand at room temperature for at least 1 day and up to 5. Cut into squares and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

208 Calories
7g Fat
35g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 208
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 249mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 3g
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 162mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.