Treacle Parkin Bonfire Night Recipe

Remember, Remember the Fifth of November! November 5th is Bonfire Night (or Guy Fawkes’ Day) in the United Kingdom! In honour of the foiled plot of Guy Fawkes to blow up Parliament in 1605, the Brits enjoy lighting up an effigy of the legend. Often villages will host carnivals and shoot off fireworks into the crisp night air. Equally British is the tradition of eating treacle in various “pudding” (the British term for dessert) dishes. Parkin is a Yorkshire delicacy sure to stick to your bones on a chilly November eve!


  • ½ cup butter
  • ⅔ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup golden syrup
  • ⅓ cup treacle
  • 1 ½ cups self-rising flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup whole milk


  • Step 1 – Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch square baking pan and line with parchment paper.
  • Step 2 – Stir together butter, sugar, golden syrup, and treacle in a saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until butter is melted and mixture is smooth (about 4-5 minutes). Remove from heat and let mixture cool 5 minutes.
  • Step 3 – Whisk flour, baking soda, and oats together in a large bowl. Stir in butter mixture. Add egg, then milk, and stir until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly.
  • Step 4 – Bake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely in pan, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Step 5 – Cover pan tightly with foil or plastic wrap, without letting it touch surface of cake, and let stand at room temperature for at least 1 day and up to 5. Cut into squares and serve.