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Parkin is a traditional soft, moist and sticky cake made of oatmeal and molasses, which it is thought to have originated in Yorkshire. It is also very popular in other areas of northern England, such as Lancashire.

Sometimes called Yorkshire Parkin, is traditionally eaten on Bonfire Night (Guy Fawkes Night), 5 November, but is also enjoyed all year round. It is generally a cake mde at home but can be found in tea houses and cafes in the north.


340g self-raising flour
1 Tbsp brown sugar
225g medium oatmeal
450 ml golden syrup
225g vegan margarine/butter
2 tsp ginger
150 ml soya milk
1 Tbsp egg substitute

Cooking Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/Gas 2 and line a small, deep baking tray with parchment paper. Combine the oatmeal, flour and ginger in a large mixing bowl.
  • Melt the sugar, vegan margarine and syrup in a bowl in the microwave or in a saucepan over a low heat. Pour the melted ingredients into the flour with the egg substitute and soya milk and stir well.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared baking tray. Bake for 45 minutes until golden brown, but still soft and sticky on top. Reduce the oven heat to 130°C/250°F/Gas 1 and bake for a further 30 minutes until firm to the touch.
  • Allow to cool before tightly wrapping in cling film. Store for at least 3 to 3 days to mature.
Serves 8 people

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