Lancashire Parkin

2home Ingredients    
  4 oz Self Raising Flour
  half tsp Salt
  4 oz Fine or Medium Oatmeal
  2 tsp Ground Ginger
  2 tsp Cinnamon
  1 Egg
  4 tbs Milk
  4 oz Golden Syrup
  4 oz Trex or High Quality baking fat
  4 oz Demerara Sugar


  1. Line a greased tin with greased proof paper. 
  2. Sift the flour, salt, oatmeal, ginger and cinnamon into a bowl. 
  3. Mix well. 
  4. Beat the egg with the milk.
  5. Melt the Golden Syrup with the sugar and Trex. 
  6. Allow to cool a little and then add to the dry ingredients. 
  7. Add the beaten egg and milk. 
  8. Mix Well. 
  9. Pour the mixture into the baking tin and bake for 1 to 1 hour 15 minutes at 325F 160C Gas Mark 3

Oatmeal seems to be very difficult to find at the moment.  Sainsbury, Tesco and Asda all used to sell it but now only Waitrose has it on the shelves and that is Alford Oatmeal Medium Grade.   At the time of writing have McCanns Finest Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal in Tins of 793 g.  You have to buy two at a staggering price of £9.76.  Alford Oatmeal have it available at the time of writing this page at £1.50 a kilo but postage costs £7.05.

I recently purchased 1 kilo bags in Edinburgh for 86p, 

It can also be found in BIO shops (Heron Bleu) in France.