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Perfect Parkin

It wouldn’t be Bonfire Night at Resolve without the perfect Parkin. Elizabeth cooks up a storm every year, making everyone’s mouths water with the amazing smell!

Elizabeth’s trusty recipe is this one from BBC Good Food, so if you’d like to make some too, we’d love to see your pictures.


  • 200g butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 200g golden syrup
  • 85g treacle
  • 85g light soft brown sugar
  • 100g medium oatmeal
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Butter a deep 22cm square cake tin and line with baking parchment. Beat the egg and milk together with a fork.

  • STEP 2

    Gently melt the syrup, treacle, sugar and butter together in a large pan until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat. Mix together the oatmeal, flour and ginger and stir into the syrup mixture, followed by the egg and milk.

  • STEP 3

    Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 50 mins – 1 hr until the cake feels firm and a little crusty on top. Cool in the tin then wrap in more parchment and foil. Keep for up to five days before eating if you can – it’ll become softer and stickier the longer you leave it, up to two weeks.

    And, voila, you have the perfect Parkin. Enjoy, and stay safe!

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