I’ve kept a couple of my old Home Economics books from school, and still use them to this day. The majority of British pudding recipes in the books are tempting but heavy, dense and full of dried fruit. One classic Northern English pudding is parkin: a rich dense gingerbread cake made with treacle and oats. It’s highly satisfying in all the right ways.
Put the treacle and the golden syrup into a pan, then add the butter and sugar. Put the pan on a low heat and cook until the sugar has dissolved, stirring occasionally, and then set aside.
Put the oatmeal into a large bowl with the flour, baking powder and ginger, then add the treacle mixture and mix this all together with a spatula. Tip in the milk or buttermilk with the egg and mix again until evenly combined. Spoon the mixture into the lined tin and
Once cooked, remove the parkin from the oven and leave to cool. Cut the cooled parkin into nine or sixteen equal-sized squares and serve.
© Lorraine Pascale, 2017. Images: © Myles New, 2017.