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Dorset Parkin

October 29, 2012

The leaves are crunchy under foot, the skies are bright bright blue and firework night is a mere week away. It’s time to make parkin.

Dorset cereals gingerbread porridge parking

Dorset Parkin

This year, I’ve given the cake a north-meets-south tweak. I had a box of  Dorset Cereals’ gingerbread porridge and it occurred to me that it is perfect for making parkin. So Dorset-ians  (and other southerners) consider yourselves educated in the superior Northen version of the ginger cake. Parkin needs a few days to mature so now is the perfect time to make it ready for Guy Fawkes’.  [See last year’s here]


Courtesy of Beningbrough Hall and the National Trust

8 oz Dorset Cereals’ gingerbread porridge (or regular porridge oats)
1 tsp baking powder
 1 tsp ground ginger (or 3 if using normal oats)
8 oz plain flour
8 oz brown sugar
8 oz black treacle (or half treacle if you like it a bit lighter)
4 oz butter
1 large free range egg
250 ml milk

Grease and line a large tin (25 x 15 x 8 cm ) / 2 lb loaf tin
Sieve the flour, baking powder, and ginger together.
Add the porridge oats
Put the treacle, butter and sugar into a pan and melt slowly. Beat the egg with the milk.
Add the treacle mixture to the flour and beat well. Finally add the egg and milk.
Mix thoroughly and pour into tin.
Cook for 1/2hr at 170°c/325 F (gas mark 3) and then continue to cook 150°c/300 F (gas mark 2) for a further 1/2hr. Test with a skewer.

Dorset Cereals Gingerbread porridge cake

Consume with a strong cup of Yorkshire tea

Thanks to Dorset Cereals for sending me the gingerbread porridge. I genuinely love their cereals anyway so am very happy to endorse them. The Almond & Cherry granola is also particularly delicious in their new range – like breakfast Bakewell!

Since I have used one of my favourite Dorset- based products to make this, I am entering this into “Best of British” which is focussing on Dorset this month. It is run by Lavender and Lovage in association with The Face of New World Appliances

Best of British

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 30, 2012 9:32 am

    This looks like it would be fab with lashings of butter! Very nice!

  2. biscuitwishes permalink
    October 30, 2012 11:19 pm

    Thank you, Biscuit Wishes is preparing for a Bonfire Party this weekend, and every year I say I will make a Parkin, no excuses this year.

  3. November 3, 2012 8:20 am

    Great photos. Neat idea using the leaves and holly.

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