I'm so glad you asked. Parkin is a traditional bread from England, according to Bauer's Story of the World and Wikipedia. It has oatmeal, molasses and ginger, along with flour, sugar, baking powder, honey and butter. Apparently, the oatmeal, molasses and ginger are the defining characteristics of parkin. It is like a soft gingerbread.
We made it for our school history lesson today and the children liked it. We are studying England around the 1500's. Since haggis is hard to come by in these parts, I decided to give parkin a try. I'm sure the children were disappointed.
Anyway, here's what it looked like, after we ate about half. Wish you were here to share!