Yorkshire Parkin, Fat Rascals, Curd Tart recipes and other favourite combinations

PUBLISHED: 00:00 31 July 2020

Yorkshire Parkin Photo: Bettys

Yorkshire Parkin Photo: Bettys


We love our sweet treats in Yorkshire, here are a few classic recipes and quirky combinations for you to try.

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Fat Rascals

Similiar to a hard scone or rock cake, Fat Rascals are thought to have originated in the 19th century.

One of the most popular products at the iconic Bettys, you can now try to make your own at home.

Yorkshire fat rascals teacakes recipe by Gilli Davies


Yorkshire Parkin Photo: BettysYorkshire Parkin Photo: Bettys


Non-northerners associate Parkin with bonfire night, but people from Yorkshire used to eat the gingerbread cake throughout the winter months.

The ginger, black treacle and oats are classic autumn flavours and this recipe comes from the experts at Bettys Cookery School.

Bettys Cookery School Yorkshire Parkin recipe


Yorkshire Curd Tart (c) Huw JonesYorkshire Curd Tart (c) Huw Jones

Yorkshire Curd Tart

The Yorkshire curd tart has origins dating back to the mid-17th century and was traditionally made around Whitsuntide from leftover curds from cheesemaking.

The big question is: doyou prefer them warm or cold?

Yorkshire Curd Tart recipe by Gilli Davies


Yorkshire Puddings - photo by Chris BlackburnYorkshire Puddings - photo by Chris Blackburn

Yorkshire Pudding

The most famous dish of them all. The Yorkshire Pudding isn’t just for a Sunday Roast, many people have adapted this iconic creation to many other uses over the years, if you think this suggestion is sacrilegious, have a look at these weird and wonderful Yorkshire puddings.

If you want to create a puffy pudding that has fully risen, this easy to follow recipe works well for us.

The perfect Yorkshire Pudding recipe


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Cheese with Fruitcake

Not so much a recipe but a Yorkshire tradition. Eating cheese with your Christmas fruitcake is said to have originated back to the 19th century.

But, if this is something you enjoy doing then your really shouldn’t have to limit this to the festive period. Fruit cake can be made or bought all year round and of course Yorkshire has some of the finest cheese producers in the world.

What’s stopping you?


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