Swiss pastry chefs bake their way into record book

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Nov 12 2012 11:02 AM | Updated as of Nov 12 2012 07:03 PM

GENEVA, Switzerland - A legion of Swiss pastry chefs on Sunday baked their way into the Guinness Book of World Records Sunday with a 1,221.6-meter (4,007.9-foot) chocolate Napoleon, the ATS news agency reported.

Around 100 people, most of them pastry chefs, pulled together the 4.2-ton mille-feuille pastry, breaking a record set in Belgium 20 years ago by nearly 200 meters, ATS said.

After scrutinizing 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 center 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 liters (228 gallons) of cream, 576 liters 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 organization combating breast cancer, ATS reported.

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