Six Week Store Cupboard Challenge

Day 5

Item to be used up: Molasses, Molasses sugar and Golden Syrup

I am thrilled to see the back of three items from my store cupboard for this recipe.  I am also hoping that by having three items, less attention will be paid to the fact that yes I do have golden syrup in my cupboard.  Not for long!

I am making this recipe today as my amazing daughter Zoe is off on a school trip to the O2 Arena, to take part in the Young Voices Choir.  I thought that I would send her off with a little home baked love.  She took one look at my crumbled offerings and said that she’d pass thank you very much.  I did not grumble (just ate 1/2 of them!).

Cook book: Mother, Baby & Toddler Book; A Unique Guide To Raising A Baby On A Healthy Vegetarian Diet, by Rose Elliot
This is a great old fashioned book with loads of practical advice for parents.  One thing that Rose Elliot uses in a couple of her books is molasses.  Every time I have tried to bake with molasses recipes, they burn (this time was no exception).  So keep an eye on them.

I have learnt recently that molasses are a powerhouse of nutrients, which make them a real contender as a ‘good’ sugar product (along with date sugar, which is just ground dates). The nutrients offered are over and above those required to neutralise the sugar content…well so I hear anyway, so the idea is that you can eat molasses with gusto and guilt free.  In addition to all the other wonderful things that they offer, molasses are a brilliant source of iron.  As a food source the absorption of the iron will be maximised.  Many people swear by it and have cured all manner of ills with it.  Some take it by the tablespoon, I am baking Parkin with it.

Recipe: Parkin

I have never made this before and have heard of it but not known really what it was.  As I leafed through the pages of this book, my eyes fell upon the fact that I could use up three of my items in this baby so here we are, my nod to Alfred’s Cakes, it is not only Kings who can burn their buns.

  • 100g/40z plain wholewheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 100g/4 oz medium oatmeal
  • 100g/4oz molasses sugar
  • 100g/4oz black molasses
  • 100g/4oz honey or golden syrup
  • 100g/4oz butter or unhydrogenated vegetable margarine
  • 175ml/6fl oz milk or non dairy version
  1. Set the oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4.
  2. Line a 20cm/8inch square tin with greaseproof paper.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder and ginger into a bowl, adding the bran left in the sieve and the also the oatmeal.
  4. Put the sugar, molasses, and golden syrup or honey and butter or margarine into a saucepan and heat gently until melted.  Cool until you can comfortably put your head against the pan, then add the milk.
  5. Add the treacle mixture to the dry ingredients, mixing well and pour into the prepared tin.
  6. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until firm to the touch.
  7. Lift the Parkin out of the tin and put on a wire tray to cool, then cut into pieces and remove from the paper.

I have to admit that they did on the whole fall apart as I did not do as I was told and wait the required time to let them cool.  These were the few that were not too badly a) burned, b) trashed or c)eaten.



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