Don’t you find reverse parking a pain? He he don’t worry this isn’t a post about parking but…..a post about parkin! Now if you’ve never had parkin your missing out. This lovely ginger cake is a delight. Now Becksie’s nana was the queen of parkin (ironic as she didn’t drive ;)). Becksie has fond memories of eating parkin as a child at nana’s. Over 10 years ago Becksie copied down Nana’s recipe just as Nana had copied it down from her own mother. Becksie had made it a few times and put it in a recipe book for safe keeping.
Now…… a few days before Nana’s funeral and what would turn out to be Lizzie’s birthday Becksie and Aunty Leah wanted to make some to share with the family at Nana’s wake. Could we find the recipe? Nope!!! Feeling frustrated we turned to google and the library but we knew the recipes weren’t quite right. In fact many of them requested the addition of oats! I don’t think so!!! As it turned out, as Becksie was feeling a tad funny (hindsight shows us this was probably in fact early labour) Aunty Leah made the cake and reports have it she did a pretty good replica of Nana’s cake, even having to make the recipe up from several wrong versions.
Anyways last week Becksie tried to find this recipe so she could copy it out and send it to Aunty Leah and Cousin Josh and……. once again she couldn’t find it! In frustration and as a desperate measure Becksie asked Ian who came over to the cookery book shelf and found it within about 26 seconds!!! Grrr and also yeahhh! If you’re wondering page 206 of the River Cottage Everyday Cook book!!
So in case we lose it again, Lizzie here is a record of your Great Nana’s Parkin recipe. Its a lovely cake and very simple indeed. When we bake it the smell takes us back to Nana’s kitchen in Chesterfield and it is a part of your food heritage.
8 oz syrup
2oz brown or white sugar
Melt the above in a pan then let cool.
2 teaspoons ground ginger
Sift into a bowl and make a well in the the centre the add:
1 beaten egg
Bake in a hot oven for 40 minutes (in a deep baking tray).