Saturday, 20 August 2011

Auntie Jessie's Ginger Parkin

This is my all-time favourite cake going back to my early childhood. Auntie Jess is Dad's older sister and this is her doesn't contain any rolled oats like many Parkin recipes do but is a dense, moist and very tasty gingerbread.
You'll need...
4oz SR Flour
4oz brown sugar
4oz butter
4fl oz warm water
6oz each of Golden Syrup and treacle
2 t each of ground ginger and cinnamon
2 eggs
1t bicarb of soda

Gently melt the butter, syrup, treacle and sugar together in a small saucepan
Mix together the dry ingredients and then add the butter etc
Stir in the eggs, then the hot water
Bake at 170C for about 45minutes.

This cake is wonderful spread with butter and keeps fresh for days. Freezes well too.

This link will help you convert the amounts required.

Jessie Mashiter nee Gardner around1950 and now aged 82yrs she still lives in her own home with the help of daily visits from her lovely carers. A sweet, mature and much-loved 11 year old...

a Land Army girl ...

and again in 2008 with her two cheeky brothers behind her...Jessie, Alan and Jack were the only children of the family and are all still in great health.xx

Jessie b1929, Alan b 1931 and John(Jack) b 1933

Love from Sue


  1. Oh I love that last photo! What is Grandad doing -about to rearrange her hair?

  2. lol He wouldn't do that but can you see that the curtain next to him is slightly out from the wall? That's because he was hiding behind it and being generally silly!

    I'll add the photo of the three in the 1940's....

  3. Aww, I would recognize those ears anywhere! I have a young memory, could you confirm or deny...PM Chamberlain announced that Britain was going to war (WW2) on Grandad's (Jack's) 6th birthday - true or false?

    I ask because he seems near that age and Auntie Jessie has that old soul look in her eyes where it looks as though she's seen an ordeal or two...mind you, living with those two for brothers would probably do it! They do look mischievous don't they...

  4. This is correct but he didn't know it was your Grandad's birthday or I'm sure he would have left it for a day. It's in The Jack Times

    Sept 3rd, 1939.