I am not happy.
Last night, just after I made this tasty Parkin, I typed up the post so that today I could get the pictures taken and post the blog. Easy, right? Not so much. For some reason, the text did not save. So I’ll say it again. I’m not happy!
I originally tried Parkin after reading Pipa Middleton’s book Celebrate. If you don’t yet have this book, you MUST get it. It’s just about my favourite book for everything that needs celebrating throughout the year. But I dirgress. After trying the Parkin and loving it, I decided that I’d like to make a it a little more healthy. I did this by including wheatgerm and wholemeal flour. The result it just as tasty and I sit here smiling smugly cos it’s healthier too.
Healthy Guy Fawkes Parkin
200g butter, at room temperature
100g light brown sugar
3 tablespoons black treacle
140ml golden syrup
75g porridge oats
100g wholemeal flour
75g self raising flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons mixed spice
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 tablespoons milk
Preheat the oven to 140 degrees centigrade.
Grease a 20cm square cake tin and line with baking paper. In a large saucepan melt the butter, brown sugar, treacle and syrup. Stir constantly and be vigilant with this as you DO NOT WANT IT TO BOIL. Also, please be careful because this syrupy mixture reaches like nuclear heat. Set aside once all the butter has melted and the sugar has combined with the mixture.
In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and make a well in the middle. Pour in the sugary syrup mixture and combine well. Add an egg and mix well to combine. Do the same with the other egg and the 2 teaspoons of milk.
Pour into the prepared baking tin and bake in the middle of the oven for about 1 1/2 hours or until the Parkin is firm to the touch and lovely and golden.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan. Cut into equal pieces and store in an airtight container. The Parkin is lovely eaten straight away or even better a couple of days later when it’s sticky – if you can wait that long!
We’ll be taking our Parkin with us to the fireworks display tonight along with a flask of hot chocolate to keep us warm and toasty.
Enjoy your bonfire night my lovelies,