Heavy, moist, cake made with oatmeal, treacle and ginger. Served as a dessert cake, or as a pudding with custard. Very widely, and most traditionally, eaten on Bonfire Night, but available all year.
The name 'parkin' is known at least since reports of the court case of Rex v Jagger at the Yorkshire Assizes of 1797 where a husband attempted to poison his wife with 'a cake of parkin laced with arsenic'. It is more pleasantly known from the Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth of around 1800 and from Carr's 1828 The Dialect of Craven, in the West-Riding of the County of York where it is described as; "Parkin, a cake made of treacle and oat meal, commonly called a treacle-parkin."
Harcake or Soul-Mass Cake
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