How to make pink slices at home during isolation and join in the Mackem Bake Off

It’s the ultimate Mackem sweet treat – and now you can make it at home during lockdown.

Saturday, 28th March 2020, 7:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 31st March 2020, 11:18 am

Sunderland author and artist Paul Swinney, who penned the popular Mackem Dictionary, has put out a recipe for pink slices on his Twitter, @lightaperture, and asked people to send in their homemade creations using the hashtag #MackemBakeOff.

The recipe is easy to follow and includes ingredients you can get on your weekly shop: butter, caster sugar, eggs, flour, raspberry jam, icing sugar, vanilla extract and, of course, pink food colouring.

Speaking about why he decided to do a recipe for the snack, he said: “The pink slice is a sweet treat synonymous with Sunderland, and no doubt many Mackems are pining for one while doing the sensible thing and staying indoors.

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“The good news though is that they're easy to make, and great fun for the kids to join in too.”

On tips for making them, he said: “The key for me is the addition of a bit of vanilla essence.

“There's a bit of debate on what's best to put in the middle - raspberry or strawberry jam.

“Either are great - just go for personal preference, or what you can get your hands on given the current situation.”

Pink slices are a favourite on Wearside and are usually on sale at places including Fausto - now you can make your own.

He added: “I saw on Twitter that someone had used plum jam. That's just sacrilegious. I draw the line there.”

We would love to see your efforts on social media using the hashtags #pinkslice and #MackemBakeOff and add in @SunderlandEcho when you share on Twitter, or send on Facebook, so we can share your amazing work.

See some of your best entries so far here.

Paul Swinney at a previous exhibition he did on his home city
Paul Swinney's pink slice recipe