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Cooking with Kids – Aunty Chris’ Yorkshire Parkin

Yorkshire Parkin

I love cooking with my boys and this is a recipe from my childhood and one that Mini loves to make and loves to eat!  Yorkshire Parkin was my Aunty Chris signature bake.  Hers was always perfectly sticky and delicious and tasting it takes me right back to her home filled with cousins fitting in front of the coal fire under one of her crochet blankets.

I found this version of Parkin handwritten in one of mum’s cookbooks when she died and it is a regular make.  It gets better with age and you have to leave it 24 hours after baking before eating any so it is the perfect cake tin cake.

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Aunty Chris' Yorkshire Parkin

Parkin just gets better with age and is as good on day 5 as day 2!
Course Cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 16


  • 120 g golden syrup
  • 120 g treacle
  • 120 g butter
  • 120 g of brown sugar
  • 220 g of fine oatmeal
  • 120 g self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of of mixed spice
  • 50 ml milk
  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat your fan oven to 160 degrees c
  2. Prepare a 20cm square tin (I use a silicone one, but a lightly greased and lined tin is perfect).
  3. in a large saucepan, place the butter, syrup, treacle and brown sugar and heat until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.
  4. Put the dry ingredients in to the pan and mix well before adding the milk and egg.
  5. Place in prepared tin and bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a metal sewer comes out of the centre clean.
  6. Transfer to a wire rack in the tin to cool
  7. Once cold turn out and coot before wrapping in greaseproof paper and storing in an airtight tin.

Yorkshire parkin collage

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I was inspired by the clever compact cooking to share with you our Yorkshire parkin, as it only needs one pan for all the ingredients, therefore, requires little washing up.

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