I love dairy, so this traditional UK recipe, is perfect. It's very simple and uses ingredients I always have around the house, but it does have a long preparation and baking time, allow about 1.5 to 2 hours. traditionally it was kept for a week or so in a wooden parkin box, apparently making it moister, but it never lasts that long around my house!
Parkin is a dark, moist ginger cake, perfect for Vata, but see adaptations below.
2 cups flour
1 cup whole oats
1 cup milk
1 cup of butter
1 cup treacle or molasses
2 tspn baking powder
2 tspn ginger powder
Preheat the oven to a gentle 160'. Soak oats in milk for half an hour. Melt the butter and the treacle or molasses. Mix dry ingredients, then combine with wet. Pour into a greased baking tin and bake for 45 mins.
- Pitta use barley malt instead of treacle or molasses, and reduce the amount of ginger
- Kapha, well, sweets are never really for Kapha, but extra ginger, less butter and half milk and half water might help. Moderation is always preferable to deprivation!
- Can easily be made vegan: substitute milk with soy or rice, and use vegetable oil instead of butter.