For years I have been intending to try out Chris’s Grandma’s recipe for her famous Parkin cake.
Ever wondered how to make parkin? This is an age-old recipe passed down through generations of the family, and one that Grandma had down to a fine art.
On a Sunday for a long as I knew her, right up until when she was 96. Grandma baked huge batches of home made Parkin for friends and family. She even used to bake a batch every time I visited Essex for my Mum and Dad, who like everybody else just loved her secret recipe.
Grandmas Secret Lancashire Parkin Recipe
The reason it was secret, well we just couldn’t decipher her handwriting or measurements. I remember years ago she scribbled the recipe down for me, a cup of this, spoon full of that. And lets just say it ended in disaster and I never tried it again until now.
Thankfully Chris’s Mum retained Grandma’s recipe book and scribbling’s when we lost her 5 years ago. She has spent the last few years experimenting and deciphering, to get the measurements just right so it tasted just how Grandma intended. I decided now I had exact instructions at hand I would try to re-create this little bit of magic. This recipe really should continue through the generations of our family and will always come with tales of what an inspiration crazy lady Madge Christie was.
How to make Parkin Cake?
I much prefer making family meals and desserts from a recipe rather than buying off the shelf, this way I know exactly what is in the recipe. And with Clover having nothing artificial added it is the obvious choice for rustling up natural home made recipes for the family.
Clover is also great for spreading and frying (even at low temperatures) so perfect for frying up our Sunday pancakes and for midweek lunches. With 50% less saturated fat than butter it is an obvious choice for our weekly shop.
Especially with Jack, we are able to work out the carbohydrate value, and I know exactly what is in the recipe, this leaves me safe in the knowledge that there is nothing artificial in it just like Grandma intended.