Bonfire Night Parkin

This sticky ginger cake is traditionally served at Bonfire Night parties. Make it two to four weeks in advance to you can wrap it in foil, put it away in an air tight tin, and let it mature. The top will be gooey and delicious, while the bottom remains cake-like. Serve with hot chocolate round the bonfire or a cup of tea round your stove - it's too good to only make once a year! .

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200g butter

1 large egg

4 tablespoons milk

200g golden syrup

85g treacle

85g soft brown sugar

100g medium oatmeal (or porridge oats ground for a minute or two in a food processor)

250g self-raising flour

1 tablespoon ground ginger



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  1. 1) Warm your saucepan on the top of your stove while you get the ingredients together.
  2. 2) Put the butter, sugar, syrup and treacle in the pan and allow them to melt.
  3. 3) In a separate bowl mix the flour with the oats and ginger.
  4. 4) Once the saucepan ingredients are melted, stir them well and add to the flour mix.
  5. 5) Beat the egg with the milk and stir lightly into the flour mix until everything is combined.
  6. 6) Put the mixture in a greased cake tin and put in the oven at about 200 degrees. If you have a single shelf oven put the tin on a baking tray covered in baking beans or with a piece of wet kitchen roll between two pieces of foil to stop the edges cooking too quickly.
  7. 7) When cooked the middle will be springy, but this is a cake which is better very slightly underdone than over done.