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Dresden bakes giant holiday fruitcake

Published: 03 Dec 2012 07:33 GMT+01:00

The humongous loaf was baked to celebrate the Saxon delicacy Stollen, a sweet and bready treat first made centuries ago. Also known as a Striezel, it has become a Christmastime staple across Germany.

This year’s giant Stollen consists of 390 pieces made by 52 regional bakeries. It contains 170 million raisins, 460 kilos of butter, 276 kilos of sugar, 923 kilos of flour and an entire keg of Jamaican rum.

The fruitcake is 3.64 metres long, 1.75 metres wide and nearly a metre tall.

It will be carved up next Saturday at Dresden’s annual Christmas market. A 500-gramme portion costs €4, with proceeds going to train young bakers.

The giant fruitcake tradition reaches back to 1730, when Saxony’s king, August the Strong, ordered a huge Stollen baked at a massive military exercise near the town of Riesa. In 2000, the largest Stollen ever made weighed 4,200 kilos.

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10:31 December 3, 2012 by DoubleDTown
Hey, the Dresdner Dtollen is no mere "fruitcake". It is a regional Christmas specialty dating to at least as early as the 15th Century and the terms "Dresdner Christstollen", "Dresdner Stollen", and "Dresdner Weihnachtsstollen" are each registered with the European Commission as a 'protected geographical indication' which bars other bakers from using the term. (See EC dossier No. DE/PGI/0005/0704). They sell 3 million of the things each Christmas season, with 20% of them shipped to other EU countries and 15% shipped overseas. Eat up!
19:36 December 3, 2012 by Englishted
Why do they need to sell it to train new bakers?

A charity would have been better publicity for the city and the product surely .
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