In Pictures: Swedes bake the world’s largest ever semla bun

In Pictures: Swedes bake the world's largest ever semla bun
Baker Daniel Granholm with his record-baking pastry (and a more easily eatable version). Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT
A group of Swedes have successfully made the world's biggest ever semla bun, which weighed in at 300 kilos – more than twice as much as they had planned.

The record attempt comes a week before Shrove Tuesday, or Fettisdagen as it is more commonly known in Swedish, when Swedes traditionally tuck into the almond paste- and cream-filled bun.


Baker Daniel Granholm with a mould for the giant delicacy. Photo: Erik Simander/TT

The oversized pastry is more than 2,000 times as big as the typical examples you'll find in your local bakery, though. It contains 130 kilos of cream and 30 kilos of almond paste.


Photo: Erik Simander/ TT

The team behind the record at bakery Bake My Day had had five unsuccessful attempts before finally finishing the bake around midnight on Monday. 


Working on the record next to a failed early attempt. Photo: Erik Simander/ TT

To verify the record, several companies assisted with measuring and making 3D models of the bun, and the data will now be sent to Guinness World Records. And the record semla was on display at Stockholm's Sergels Torg on Tuesday.


Photo: Jonas Ekströmer / TT

But the big question is, how does it taste?

“It tastes just as good as our normal semla buns, it's got exactly the same ingredients,” Moses Isik, CEO of Bake My Day, told TT. “The problem is getting everything in one bite, that's a bit harder.”


Photo: Jonas Ekströmer / TT

“Lots of people are coming past and want to taste it. People think it's fun, semlor are as Swedish as it can get,” added Isik.

Do you want to make your own semla bun? Don't miss The Local's favourite recipe.


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