After a look at some of the fun festivals taking place across the United Kingdom this year, JNR now takes a look at the historic Northern England county of Yorkshire and a delicious recipe for Yorkshire Parkin.
This region has had a range of inhabitants over the course of time, ranging from Celtic tribes to Roman Kingdoms. Today, Yorkshire is made up of twenty cities and towns including the large and economically important cities of Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Kingston upon Hull and York. The latter was home to one of the most famous Yorkshiremen – Guy Fawkes.
Fawkes was born in York in 1570 to Protestant parents but his mother’s family members were recusant Catholics. In 1604, after serving in the military for Catholic Spain, Fawkes became involved with a group of English Catholics who conspired to assassinate the Protestant King James and restore a Catholic monarch to the throne. After securing a lease to an undercroft below the House of Lords, their plan was to stockpile gunpowder and eventually use the explosives to bring down the building and kill the King.
After receiving an anonymous letter, the authorities were prompted to search the leased crypt and found Fawkes guarding the gunpowder in the early hours of November 5th 1605 – the very same day that parliament was due to open again after a three month hiatus due to the threat of the black plague.
Fawkes and his coconspirators were interrogated, tried and executed for their treasonous plans and civilians were told to light bonfires in celebration of the King’s escape. This tradition has evolved into an annual event known as Bonfire Night with fireworks added to the spectacle.
In memory of Fawkes’ failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605, a tasty treat known as Yorkshire Parkin is eaten on Bonfire Night. Parkin is a Northern English version of gingerbread that is baked in the form of a slice rather than a thin cookie as it is in North America.
Try our yummy recipe below:
Total Time: 1 hr 30 min
Prep: 30 min
Cook: 1 hr
Yield: 8 – 10 servings
- 2 tbsp ground ginger
- 1 tbsp ground allspice
- 8 ounces plain flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 4 ounces unsalted butter
- 3 medium eggs (beaten)
- 8 ounces molasses
Grease and line an 8” x 8” baking dish with baking paper. Preheat the oven to 325° F.
Sift the ginger, allspice, flour, salt and baking soda into a mixing bowl. In another bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until soft. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then mix in the molasses. Gently fold in the dry ingredients.
Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the top springs back when pressed.
Cool in the tin, remove and slice. The parkin can be eaten immediately or stored in an airtight container for a few days to increase the flavors. Serve the slices with butter, or with clotted cream and stem ginger.
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Written by Stephanie Thomas
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