A Dresden dynamo

17 December, 2010
Page 39 

Another week, another record. This one is notable for being the product of a town's dedication to beating its own Stollen world record every year, and because of the collective madness that entails.

The latest Guinness World Record for a giant Stollen was paraded through the streets of Dresden this month at the 7th Dresden Stollen Festival. The inaugural event's mammoth Christmas cake weighed 2,720kg. The target has incrementally ballooned over the years to the current 4,200kg reigning champ.

Well, it passes the long cold winter nights, we suppose. Wouldn't it be amusing if a UK baker stole their thunder next year?

Recipe for the world's biggest Stollen, just in case you fancy having a go:

Wheaten flour1,500kg

Sultanas990kg

Butter790kg

Sugar455kg

Candied lemon peel200kg

Almonds(sweet)150kg

Icing sugar110kg

Yeast95kg

Almonds(bitter)55kg

Lemon peel45kg

Jamaica rum44kg

Powdered milk44kg

Salt30kg

Spices5kg

Total:4,200kg





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