Yorkshire Ginger Parkin Biscuits
Yorkshire Parkin biscuits are a delicious alternative to the cake. The biscuits are packed with ginger and spices to warm you from top to toe.
- Serves: 9 persons
- 4oz/110g soft butter
- 2oz/55g dark brown sugar
- 3Tbsp. black treacle (molasses)
- 4oz/110g golden syrup (or corn syrup)
- 1large egg (beaten)
- 4oz/110g self-raising flour
- ½tsp. baking powder
- Tiny pinch salt
- 3tsp. ground ginger
- 1tsp. nutmeg
- ½tsp. mixed spice
- 5oz/120g medium oatmeal
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Cover a large baking sheet with a sheet of greaseproof paper and generously grease with butter.
Step 3Whisk together the butter and sugar In a large roomy, baking bowl until light and creamy—use an electric whisk to make it easier if you wish. While still whisking, slowly add the black treacle, golden syrup and the beaten egg.
Step 4In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and all the spices, stir in the oatmeal. Then, using a metal spoon, carefully stir the dry ingredients into the butter, sugar and egg mix.
Step 5Once mixed, if the mixture feels dry add a little milk but be cautious, you do not want the mixture to be too wet. The dough should be firm and a little tacky to the touch.
Step 6Place the dough between two sheets of greaseproof paper and roll to an even thickness. Pop the dough still in the greaseproof paper into the refrigerator to chill. Leave it in there for a minimum of 30 minutes, longer if possible. You can even leave it overnight.
Step 7When you are ready to cook the biscuits, heat the oven to 350 F / 180 C / Gas 4.
Step 8Cut the dough with a cookie cutter to the size you wish.
Step 9Cook the biscuits in batches by placing on the baking sheet leaving plenty of room around each biscuit (they will spread a little as they cook).
Step 10Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown, in the preheated oven. The biscuits should be firm to the touch but not hard, they will harden as they cool.
Step 11Once cooked, remove the sheet from the oven, leave the biscuits on the tray for 5 minutes, then carefully remove then leave to cool completely on a wire cooling tray. Eat when cold.
Step 12Any rolled out dough, or biscuits waiting to go into the oven should be kept cold in the fridge or they will soften as the dough warms up and be difficult to move onto the baking sheet.