Parkin Pigs Recipe

British flag, parkin pigs recipe

British flag, parkin pigs recipe

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 tonight and what is commonly known as Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Night and this Parkin Pigs recipe is the one I make each year for our annual Guy Fawkes celebration.  I’m not sure the history of parkin pigs but they come from my area of England and are sometimes known as “Yorkshire Parkin Pigs” or “Parkin Pigs from Bradford”.

How to Make 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)

What is 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.

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