Hiya passionate bakers!
As I mentioned on my Google+ account on Thursday, I thought that for this week's post it should have a Bonfire theme. And what other recipe would be perfect for this other than BBQ Parkin(if you do know a recipe BETTER or just as good as this week's recipe, tell me below in the comments or e-mail me).
BBQ Parkin is a sticky, sweet and spicy (hey, alliteration) cake that has been traditionally eaten on Bonfire Night for centuries. Recently, I've actually tried this recipe on the BBQ too! It's suitable for vegetarians and is a sweet treat worth baking. To making this sweet and spicy traditional cake, you'll need:
200g of butter (unsalted or salted)
100g of dark brown sugar( a.k.a demerara sugar
200g of golden syrup (when I'd tasted GOLDEN syrup for the first time...it reminded me of a strong-tasting cough medicine-I'd expected golden syrup to be as sweet as honey)!
1tsp of baking powder
200g of self-raising flour
100 of oatmeal (I used Scottish porridge oats)
1tbsp of ground ginger, to give the cake a spicy kick!
2tbsp of nutmeg
1tsp of mixed spice
2 eggs, beaten (not literally smashed into pieces but...you know...)
2tbsp of milk (maybe a little more depending of the consistency of the mixture)
A heatproof bowl for melting
A medium-sized/large mixing bowl
Greased, foil-covered trays
Method to making BBQ Parkin on the BBQ or inside your home:
The first step for this recipe is SLIGHTLY different only because to bake this specific cake, you use the BBQ rather than the oven. But in case you want to use the oven, pre-heat it 180c/160c fan/gas mark 4.
To begin BAKING this Bonfire Night special you start by melting the butter, sugar,treacle and golden syrup over a low heat, stirring from time to time until combined together.
In the meantime, sift the flour and baking powder into the mixing bowl.Stir in the oatmeal, ginger, nutmeg and mixed spice.
Gradually, beat in the eggs and milk into the thick mixture. Once you've stirred for a couple of minutes, add in the melted mixture until combined.Throw in the mini marshmallows and mix in until merged together. Pour the sticky, spicy mixture onto lined trays.
If you ARE planning to use a BBQ for this recipe, place the trays of mixture on top of the empty, UPturned foil trays of the BBQ, to diffuse the heat.
Cook the mixture with the barbecue lid closed for around 20 to 30 minutes unless you're using the oven then bake for half an hour or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
After your 20/30 minutes of the cake baking, take it from the heat and leave to cool for five minutes before dividing the cake down in lines and rows, just like you'd cut brownies. Sprinkle chosen decorations( I sprinkled marshmallows onto my slices and drizzled them with leftover golden syrup but you can decorate them with whatever you like) and there you have it- the traditional, sweet and delicious BBQ Parkin- a great sweet treat to have on Bonfire Night out in your garden or at a firework display elsewhere.
Please do comment on this recipe below and tell me whether you like it or not or whether you know a better recipe-TELL ME! The recipe you suggested might have a possibility of being featured in on of BakingBoutique's future posts! If you DO have any recipes that you'd like me to feature in the next post, also e-mail them to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
But for now, have a magical and special Bonfire Night.
See ya soon!