4 June 2008

parkin

parkin

I was parked by the fire eating parkin with lashings of butter, a cup of tea by my side, all cosy like, when I thought of you. And how you deserve some parkin too.

Banana Parkin

125g butter
75g (1/3 cup) firmly packed brown sugar
160ml (2/3 cup) golden syrup
200g (1/1/3 cups) plain flour
2 teaspoons bicarb of soda
1 tablespoon ground ginger
65g (3/4 cup) porridge oats
1 egg, beaten lightly
1 cup mashed banana (about 2 overripe bananas)

Combine butter, sugar and syrup in a pan and stir over low heat until butter is melted. Sift flour, soda and ginger into a bowl, add the oats, stir in the butter mixture, add the egg and banana. Pour mixture into a greased and lined deep 19cm square cake tin and bake in a moderate oven for about 45 minutes. Stand the parkin in the pan for five minutes before turning onto a rack to cool.

Serve with lashings of butter and a nice pot of tea. Practise your Yorkshire accent eeh by gum.

parkin

And because I just know the comment box will fill with Americans asking what is golden syrup, here's a link suggesting some acceptable substitutes. Enjoy.

44 comments:

M said...

Now I know you are by the fire all cosy like, and I'd really hate to disturb you, but is there any chance of a photo of said Parkin onto which I could drool?

Kez said...

Wow, never heard of it, but sounds delicious! Thanks for thinking of us :)

Laura Jane said...

Yum indeed!

I LOVE Parkin and haven't had some for years!!!

I think thats about to change!

innercitygarden said...

They grow bananas in Yorkshire?

Eleanor said...

Mmmm....

But the name "parkin" makes me nervous...I keep expecting it to continue with "ticket", and be very mean and expensive. I hate that.

But I'm sure I'll love the parkin. Maybe I can add a "lot" to the end, and then that's good, because I won't get a ticket if I park in the lot.

Can you tell I'm a city girl?

Stacey said...

I can't think of parkin without putting David in front of it.
Sounds good though (the food version).

tamara said...

OOOHHH! Thank-you, oh answer-er of questions that have hung over my head since childhood!

I was just reading a favourite childhood book again (The Little White Horse, Elizabeth Gouge, FYI) and there is lots of sitting near fires, eating parkin with lashings of butter....and I was wondering (still!) what parkin was. Guess what's for after-dinner-snackies at our house?

fifi said...

I'm sorry.

The word merkin keeps appearing and making me laugh.
Parkin? I have never heard of it but it might just get me some good mother points so I shall hasten off for some golden syrup asap.

blackbird said...

GAH - now have merkin too...

Am well versed with golden syrup - have no clue re the Parkin.

Carole said...

I have never heard of putting bananas is parkin, not even in a recipe from Lancashire, where my family hail from.
However, I am willing to give it a go, it has to work out better than the 5 Cup Recipe variation that I made yesterday with mashed bananas, my first ever cake disaster. My daughter said it was OK as a pudding with cream, but I couldn't eat it - also a first!
Pity I used up all the spotty bananas......

Carole said...

....I should check more carefully, that should read 'putting bananas in parkin'. Doh!

Suse said...

I think the putting of bananas in is a modern day parkin, as opposed to proper traditional parkin.

Either way it's yummy.

And yes Carole, the 5 cup cake doesn't work with anything heavy and wet like mashed banana, as my colleague at work found out when she gave it a go (and she's a master baker!)

wallace said...

my husband loves it, even if he is from Lancashire!

Donna said...

Thanks for that link, very helpful! Golden syrup sounds much nicer than corn syrup, I wonder if I might possibly find it in some of the Caribbean markets around here.

Badger said...

Dear My Fellow Americans: you can buy golden syrup at World Market, if you have one near you. Actually, my local sucky supermarket sells it, too (Lyle's brand). It's by the pancake syrups rather than in the baking aisle, for whatever reason.

daysgoby said...

I didn't know you could PUT banana in Parkin!

But it sounds yummy.

Actually, it's a grey-ish overcast day, and maybe today would be a good baking day!

elena jane said...

yum....and hey, i knew what golden syrup was (and i know where to buy some, hehe)....

willowcaroline said...

Add me to the ones "in the know" about Golden Syrup.. even in rural southern USA I can get it at the grocery, near the pancake syrups.

But although I have read stories with parkin in them, never knew what is was. Must try it soon!

And how much is a "lashing"...as much as "gobs"? :)

herhimnbryn said...

Eeeeh, put kettle on lass.
Sounds grand.

Suse said...

Caroline, lashings is heaps more than a smidgin or a dash and even considerably more than a dollop.

Now, go put t'kettle on.

Blossom said...

oh aye......tha sounds luverly

must make some soonish........

shula said...

I've never heard of parkin, but I'm off to make it, right now, as I have visitors coming and ripe bananas.

I'll let you know how it goes.

x

Eleanor said...

I just discovered that the Swedish word for knitting is "stickning". I just had to let you know. Isn't that just superb?!

Eleanor said...

Ok..this is even better..do you know how to say "knitting in public" in Swedish?

"Sticka bland folk"

BabelBabe said...

i make this! I more prosaically called it "baked oatmeal."

bluemountainsmary said...

Since you and Shula now are both so thrilled with this I am going to make it too - it sounds like a great addition to the lunch box!

shula said...

Suse,

I made it yesterday for visitors.

Every one of them went home with the recipe.

Bloody grouse, mate.

MsCellania said...
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MsCellania said...

Sorry, I deleted a comment that was rife with mistakes...
I said "Off to World Market so I can make this soon" or words to that effect.

Anonymous said...

With other commenters - BANANAS in parkin?

Still, have to make a cake for a family birthday sometime soon. Maybe I'll try this one, particularly if I can't find my recipe for carrot cake.

It may be officially summer here (UK) but we still get wet, grey, sit-by the-fire-days for which this sounds ideal.

Thanks, Suse.

Sorry to post as Anonymous, can't get anything else to work!

Jen said...

And here I thought parkin was what you did after you finished drivin...

Golden syrup is easy to come by in Chi-town.

Tish said...

Military commisaries carry Lyle's (and McVities digestives and Typhoo tea...) so I just happen to be an American in Colorado with both golden syrup and a few overripe bananas! Yay!

Eleanor said...

Does the person who sees the parkin first get to eat it?

alexandra said...

Oh gosh, that looks so good it's made me hungry!

paula said...

I get Lyle's at my grocery store up over yonder, y'all ;).

I know my husband will flip over this...thanks for the recipe!

Di said...

I'm feeling tired and lazy but I really want to try some. Sounds nice and hearty for a wintery afternoon tea. Aren't you doing afternoon tea for craft weekend (hint, hint) ;)

Anonymous said...

And Parkin is really good for feeding Mums. I can't remember why but I remember making it when I was! Now they're teenagers, I surely need that goodness again?!
Jo

melindatrees said...

thanks! that was easy and tastes so good even in summer with ice tea.

Daisy said...

Hey I love parkin! Yummo. I also love the photo game with flickr but I'm a flickr virgin. What fdflicker and where do I find it?

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Jackie said...

Just one suggestion (and I know this will be difficult)Parkin is EVEN BETTER if you store it in an airtight tin for a day or two before cutting.It goes all sticky and moist and fab, (but maybe the banana does that for this one?) So make 2 and try one later.
Well thats what we do in Lancashire anyway.
Oh, and you have to eat by a bonfire.

kim at allconsuming said...

Suse - made it on the weekend. DIVINE.

Am now looking for traditional recipes without the bananas - although their inclusion has provided me with the perfect alternative to banana cake, the construct of which I LOATHE.

Lynn said...

From an American who happens to HAVE golden syrup and overripe bananas in the pantry at the moment, I can only say thank you! And thanks to Shula for sending me in this direction!

Anonymous said...

I have been making this for quite a while and is my Hubby's favourite. I misplaced the recipe when I moved house 6 months ago (it's still in a box somewhere!). And Googled it in desperation. Voila! This is the same as my recipe. Thankyou Hubby will be happy. Have lots of bananas that need using and lots in the freezer already.
And yes, this parkin is nicer after a day or two. Gets moister and tastier.