Guy Fawkes Night English Recipes

Remember, remember the 5th of November
With gunpowder, treason, and a plot
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot
This is a poem that can be heard all over England this time of year as we gear up for next week and what is commonly known as Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Night.
Guy Fawkes Night is an annual celebration on the evening of the 5th of November. It celebrates the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot of the 5th of November 1605 in which a number of Catholic conspirators, including Guy Fawkes, attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London.We celebrate the fact that he didn’t succeed with a bonfire and lots of traditional English fayre. It’s become like a national holiday to us although we don’t get the day off!
Each year my darling hubby still wants to keep me English and helps me celebrate so I cook up some goodies, we cook baked potatoes on the fire, make mushy peas with vinegar (YUM!) and invite friends over.Yorkshire Parkin – like cake.

8 oz plain flour
1 tsp cinnamon
4 oz margarine
5 oz molasses
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp bicarb of soda
1 tsp ginger
4 oz brown sugar
2 eggs
4 oz oatmeal1) Melt molasses, marg and sugar
2) Add dry ingredients
3) Cool then add beaten eggs and milk
4) Line 7-8″ square tin with greaseproof paper
5) Bake for 1 1/4 hours at 350*

Parkin Pigs

8 oz SR flour
pinch salt
4 oz sugar
4 oz margarine
1 level teaspoon (tsp) ground ginger
1 tsp bicarb soda
2 tablespoons (tbsp) milk
1 tsp golden syrup/molasses
A few currants
Cutters for gingerbread man and parkin pig.


  1. Rub marg, flour and sugar together.
  2. Mix bicarb in a little milk and warm the treacle/molasses.
  3. Add ginger
  4. Mix all to a fairly stuff paste just pliable enough to roll out
  5. Roll thinly and cut into shapes, place currants onto shapes for eyes
  6. Bake approx 15 mins (180 degC)

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