Friday, 8 November 2013

Weekly Bake - Parkin

Before I move on to the my Weekly bake, I just wanted to say a very big thank you to everyone who left a comment on my previous post. I was incredibly touched and moved to tears by your very kind words and I really appreciate you taking the time to watch the video and also to leave such lovely comments. I really don't feel brave in the slightest, but incredibly lucky that I still have the little things in life to make me smile. Yes we all want more in life and I won't lie that some days it can be very lonely and after four years of living a life in these four walls, I do have times where I feel incredibly isolated, but thanks to all you lovely people, you have really brought a little of 'life' back into my life, so thank you!



This week I wanted to stick to the Northern tradition of baking Parkin around the 5th of November. Apparently the origin of this cake is unknown, but it was originally enjoyed in Yorkshire and Lancashire, but these days I think it is enjoyed all through the Country. It is not something I have baked before as I am not the worlds biggest fan of treacle, I find it rather bitter, but surprisingly the actual parkin isn't that bitter at all. For this recipe I used The Great British Book of Baking, that I have spoken of here.


Parkin is traditionally made with oatmeal, flour, butter, ground ginger and also candied ginger. I adapted the recipe to make it Gluten and Dairy free by ensuring that I used gluten free oats, which I ground in the food processor, Doves All Purpose Gluten Free flour, Pure dairy free spread and a little Xantan gum.







 

I have a deep love for ginger, so I doubled the amount of candied ginger and I really think it makes the bake a little less dry, as Parkin tends to be on the dry side. This recipe states that you should wrap it in foil and leave for a week before you eat it, but I was to ill prepared and to curious to know how it tasted to wrap it up, instead it's been enjoyed by us all this week, maybe next time I will try wrapping it up just to see what difference it makes. 
 

 
I have finally managed to get around to changing the Weekly Bake grab button, so if any of you fancy joining in every now and then when you bake during the week just add your bake to the link-in section at the bottom of my Weekly Bake posts, which will happen every Friday. You can also add the button to your blog simply by going to your Layout in Blogger and adding the code to the HTML section of  'Add a Gadget'. You will find the code just underneath my Weekly Bake button on the right hand side of my blog.
 
 
Wishing you all a very lovely weekend.
 
Warm Wishes
Hannapat
xoxo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

26 comments:

  1. Your parkin looks lovely. I like gingery things too! xx

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  2. I really, really need to come round to yours for some baking lessons, these look great! :) x

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  3. Interesting post, thank you for sharing about this. I had heard of parkin before but have never baked or eaten it. It sounds like something I would enjoy very much. :)

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  4. I have never eaten Parkin. I do like ginger so I may give it a go. I love the way you manage such fab photo's

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  5. Hello Hannahpat, Just catching up on reading my blogs. I read your last post about ME and it is a horrible illness. Thankfully I have never suffered from it but I do know about it and the varying opinions. I really do feel for you and hope you will make a complete recovery.
    This parkin recipe looks fab, I have baked a gorgeous chocolate cake this week which was my birthday cake but havent blogged about it yet.XX

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  6. Lovely Hannapat I am determined to buy this cook book - you have inspired me - have not eaten parkin now for years and my mouth is watering. Love your Friday specials Hannapat and by the way I will help you refresh your knitting any time. Big hugs to you
    Lots of love
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  7. I've never tried parkin, it looks good though, have a great weekend
    Clare xx

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  8. Oh. My. Goodness ..... that looks delish!
    Wishing you a very happy weekend
    love jooles xxx

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  9. I love anything with ginger. I shall endeavour to link up with your Friday Bake, Hannapat. The lemon cupcakes I made this afternoon were demolished before my eyes when the boys came home. Note to self, take photos before 3.30pm.

    Have a lovely weekend Hannapat

    Leanne xxx

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  10. Oh it's been an age and a half since I had proper ginger parkin Hannapat, and yours looks lovely! I saw the pic of the oats and immediately thought "but Hannapat can't have oats" - so was pleased to see you have gluten-free oats over there; I haven't seen those here yet so will have to look with fresh eyes again! I love ginger too and it's good for the digestion!
    Take care lovely Hannapat, sending much love and warm hugs, Joy xoxo

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  11. PS Lovely Hannapat - I just added my link for the pavlova I just slipped in to my post, so I hope that's alright! Love, Joy xoxo

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  12. Hi Hannapat! I've tried making parkin before (my husband's from Yorkshire) but found them a bit too sweet. I might try again with the recipe you've used- they just look so delicious! Have a great weekend!!! x

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  13. I've never tried Parking even though I've lived in Yorkshire for nearly 30 years. I'll have to add it to my to do list, it does look tasty :) xx

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  14. It looks really good. It is moister if you leave it wrapped in a tin for a week or so, but I don't usually bother. I like it warmed up and eaten with custard or vanilla ice cream, more like a pudding. I'm sure that's breaking some Yorkshire rules but I've lived up here in the North for long enough now, who cares. :-) xx

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  15. I have been curious about Parkin for a while, and you have answered my questions! I'm going to give this a go - it seems well-suited to the chillier temperatures, ginger is so warming! And I can guarantee that it wouldn't be wrapped for a week, so I may double the recipe and hide one! I'll be linking up the rainbow bakes! Chrissie x

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  16. I love parkin! It reminds me of my time in Yorkshire! Happy sigh.

    I also wanted to thank you for your sweet comment on my blog and I am touched to read that you have started creating a hare of your own! Marvellous stuff!

    Warmest wishes,

    Stephanie

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  17. I have never tried Parkin before, I think I might be missing out! Yours looks absolutely delicious. Yum! xox Penny

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  18. Hi never heard of Parkin but it sounds simply delicious...going to have to give it a go!

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  19. Hello again sweet Hannapat. I didn't receive your email, I'll give you mine just in case... chezbobs@chezbobs.karoo.co.uk :) xx

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  20. I have never heard of Parkin before...is it a regional cake? Yours looks so delicious though!
    Marianne x

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  21. The Parkin sounds and looks delicious. Just the thing for those cold winter nights with a hot cup of tea. I'm definitely going to try to remember to make this over the winter. Thank you for inviting me to link up with you. Have a wonderful week ahead. xx

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  22. Ooooo Parkin! You always have me salivating with your baking Posts which I usually read late in the evenings when I am feeling like a cheeky little sugar hit. Enjoy the rest of your week :-) Mel xx

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  23. Hi lovely Hannapt, thank you for joining in with the Christmas swap. I have paired everyone up today and you have been partnered with Clicky Needles - more details and links on my blog. Happy swapping!
    Marianne x

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  24. This looks absolutely delicious.....I love Parkin. Your photos are lovely! Wishing you a happy Wednesday, Hannapat!
    Helen x

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  25. oh my goodness! this bake makes me want to hop on a plane and come straight to your house...all the way form down under!!

    I have someone in my gift tag swap who also only has a time to make a 4 or 5 tags, so I thought you two would be a good match. could you email me so I have your email address? I think you have emailed me before but I cant find it sorry!! mezz oxxo

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  26. Oh I love Parkin - yours looks delicious, I usually make some every year around this time, but this year for some reason I completely forgot - I think there's still time before the christmas rush :) I do not like the taste of treacle but Parkin is the exception - its all that ginger goodness that gets me. Em xx (lululoves)

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