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Toffee apple traybake (parkin) recipe

Toffee apple traybake (parkin) recipe

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We've taken the classic Yorkshire ginger cake and given it a Bonfire Night spin with toffee apple flavours and a pretty sliced apple topping. Enjoy a square with a cuppa after the fireworks or serve for dessert. You won't want to wait til Bonfire Night to make this again! See method

  • Serves 12
  • 20 minutes to prepare and 1 hr to cook, plus cooling
  • 401 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian


  • 200g baking spread, plus extra for greasing
  • 175g golden syrup
  • 50g treacle
  • 175g dark brown soft sugar
  • 4 Granny Smith apples
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 125g rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten
  • 12 toffees (about 100g), quartered
  • 3 balls stem ginger, finely chopped, plus 1 tbsp syrup from the jar
No self-raising flour? Add 2 tsp baking powder for every 150g plain flour

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    16g 22%
  • Saturates

    4g 21%
  • Sugars

    38g 42%
  • Salt

    0.6g 10%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 59.4g Protein 4.4g Fibre 2.7g


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 3, 160°C, fan 140°C, and grease and line a deep 20 x 30cm baking tin with nonstick baking paper. Put the spread, syrup, treacle and sugar in a pan and melt over a medium heat, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, peel the apples, then chop 2 into roughly 1cm chunks; set aside. Halve the remaining apples, core and thinly slice, keeping each half together once sliced.
  2. Mix the flour, oats and spices in a large bowl. Stir through the melted baking spread mixture and the chopped apples, then add the eggs, toffees and chopped ginger with a pinch of salt. Mix until well combined, then pour into the tin.
  3. Fan out each sliced apple half and arrange on top of the batter, so the slices are spread out but still touching. Bake for 50-55 mins until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 mins, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely and brush the apple slices with the stem ginger syrup. Will keep in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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