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Sun Oct 26 01:37:06 SAST 2014

Swiss pastry chefs bake their way into record book

Sapa-AFP | 12 November, 2012 11:27
Mille-feuille pastry. File photo
Image by: Wikimedia Commons

A legion of Swiss pastry chefs on Sunday baked their way into the Guinness Book of World Records with a 1 221.6-metre chocolate Napoleon, according to a report.

The ATS news agency reported that around 100 people, most of them pastry chefs, pulled together the 4.2-tonne mille-feuille pastry, breaking a record set in Belgium 20 years ago by nearly 200 metres, ATS said.

After scrutinising each inch of the flaky, layered cake to ensure it was held together as a single block, Guinness judge Anna Orford declared the new record, to cheers from around 2 000 onlookers gathered at the Palexpo centre in Geneva.

A total of 250 people had helped prepare the feat over the past six months, according to Gilles Desplanches who initiated the project to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his pastry shop.

The giant pastry, consisting of 864 litres (228 gallons) of cream, 576 litres of milk, 600 kilos (1 323 pounds) of flour, 432 kilos of butter and 360 kilos of chocolate fondant, will be sliced into 30 000 pieces and sold.

The expected 100 000-Swiss franc (83 000-euro, $105 000) proceeds will go to an organisation combating breast cancer, ATS reported.

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