Earlier today I read that Claire of Mollie&Claire had been busy making her Christmas cake this past weekend.
Funnily enough, I had been doing exactly the same; alongside my daughter who ran up a batch of tasty but surprisingly light Parkin.
For those not familiar with Parkin it is a tray bake traditionally made of oatmeal and black treacle which originated in northern England, often associated with Yorkshire, particularly the Leeds area although it is very widespread and popular in other areas, such as Lancashire (before I get shot down!). It can be moist and even sometimes sticky but it can also have a drier, more biscuit-like texture. It is traditionally eaten on Bonfire Night, 5 November, but is also enjoyed year-round.
We like it on it’s own but also warmed up with ice cream on the side as a pudding.
We walked and talked before we baked. We returned to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, but this time kept to the lake and park area. I find I learn the most about what is going on inside my young teenager’s head when we are out of the house; away from the TV and all other distractions. It is always worth the initial moans!
I’m loving this unseasonably mild weather. With Halloween at the end of this week and Bonfire night the next, it feels strange to be leaving home without a jacket.
Love, Lucie xx