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

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 25 mins
additional:
1 day
total:
1 day
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 squares
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

208 calories; protein 2.5g 5% DV; carbohydrates 35.4g 11% DV; fat 6.8g 10% DV; cholesterol 27.6mg 9% DV; sodium 249mg 10% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2018
I learned about Parkin while watching Escape To The Country. It sounded like something we d like so when I found this recipe I had to try it! It s like a very hearty gingerbread. I followed the recipe except to add a tsp and a half of ginger and 2 tablespoons of minced crystallized ginger after reading that Parkin has ginger in it. Very tasty! I will make this again! Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/13/2016
Parkin is a ginger cake with oats in, this isnt Parkin as there is no ginger........ Read More
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8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 1 stars
12/13/2016
Parkin is a ginger cake with oats in, this isnt Parkin as there is no ginger........ Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/14/2015
I was really excited to try this recipe because it seemed like a nice baked good to have for breakfast or with tea. I wasn't wowed with the result though. I really like the flavor of molasses but thought it was overpowering here. The texture did change after a few days and it tasted better when I warmed it up a bit today. If I try the recipe again I would replace some of the molasses with honey and/or add some apple or pear to cut the bitterness. Make sure you watch the bake time - mine was done after 1 hour. Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2018
I learned about Parkin while watching Escape To The Country. It sounded like something we d like so when I found this recipe I had to try it! It s like a very hearty gingerbread. I followed the recipe except to add a tsp and a half of ginger and 2 tablespoons of minced crystallized ginger after reading that Parkin has ginger in it. Very tasty! I will make this again! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/03/2018
Parkin is a ginger cake from Yorkshire in England that is typical for Bonfire Night (5th November). I don't really understand why this recipe doesn't have ginger in it! I added ground ginger to my recipe to give it authenticity. I found that my Parkin sank in the middle throughout the whole time in the oven. I preheated properly didn't open the door measured and mixed correctly and in the right order etc. so not sure why it should sink except that the temperature isn't right? I read somewhere that most cakes are baked at 350 F so perhaps it needed to be baked at that slightly higher temperature but for less time...? Anyway the cake takes good (although ginger is an absolute MUST for Yorkshire Parkin!!) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/18/2020
Recipe is like a quick bread but more sticky and less sweet. I added toasted pecans and a sprinkle of oats on top. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2015
This parkin is delicious and perfect for fall! The oats give it a nice chewy texture. Definitely let it rest for a couple of days so it gets good and gooey. Read More
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