The Knödel (dumpling) cooked up by small town residents of Aldersbach was so heavy at 208.7 kilograms that a crane had to carefully deliver it to the Sunday Bier in Bayern fest where it debuted, lest its boiled insides burst apart.
But these Bavarians weren’t just mighty hungry: the money paid for feasting on the mega meal will go towards helping victims of the floods in southern Germany that killed 11 people earlier this month.
The heavy rains in early June devastated homes and businesses and sent rescue workers on a search for victims using lifeboats to paddle along streets that had turned into muddy rivers.
The money raised for flood victims by the giant Knödel reached around €10,000, according to Austrian news site Nachrichten.at.
The dumpling makers also hope to break a world record for creating the largest ever Knödel – a boiled dumpling made of flour, bread or potatoes popular in Central and Eastern Europe.
It took ten cooks to mix together the 1,500 eggs, 70 litres of milk, 60 kilograms of flour and 100 kilos of bread rolls needed to make the masterpiece over a span of three hours.
The culinary colossus was then lowered into a pot – two metres in diameter – and boiled for several hours.
But alas, as the Knödel was finally lowered by crane onto the serving table, tragedy struck: the doughy giant broke in two.
Not to worry, though, as the larger-than-life labour of love did not go to waste. It was divided into 1,400 portions and served up with beer goulash.
And the master chefs are still confident that the Knödel will become a new entry in the Guinness World Records: Currently the record for the biggest bread dumpling is held by a roughly 35-kilogram canederli made in Italy.