Yorkshire parkin

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Preparation info

  • For

    9 squares

    • Difficulty

      Medium

Appears in

Oats in the North, Wheat from the South: The history of British Baking, savoury and sweet

Oats in the North, Wheat from the South

By Regula Ysewijn

Published 2020

  • About

Parkin is a type of gingerbread that is mainly associated with the counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire. While a lot of gingerbread is rather biscuit-like, parkin is a cake. Traditionally this ginger cake is made for the festivities around Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Bonfire Night, when the thwarting of the Gunpowder Plot – a failed attack on King James I in 1605 – is commemorated in England. On this evening, large fires are lit throughout England and p