1. Skip to content
  2. Skip to main menu
  3. Skip to more DW sites
Dresdner Stollenfest
Image: picture-alliance/dpa/S. Kahnert

Dresden's bakers break stollen record

December 5, 2015

Dresden has outdone itself again, setting a record with a giant stollen Christmas fruit bread weighing more than three thousand kilograms. The first giant stollen was made in 1730.

https://p.dw.com/p/1HI0s

A horse-drawn carriage carried the 1.1 meter high (3.5 feet), 3.65 meter long (12 feet) and 1.75 meter (5.75) wide mass of deliciousness through the old town to the city's famous Christmas market on Saturday amid a throng of onlookers.

For nearly a week some 60 of Dresden's bakers and confectionaries worked to put the 3,429 kilogram (7,560) stollen together with butter and sugar out of 400 smaller pieces, each weighing eight kilos.

Around 1.2 tons of flour, 750 kilograms of butter, 200 kilograms of sugar and 1.5 million raisins went into the stollen.

Bildergalerie Weihnachtsgebäck
The fruit bread has been a German tradition since 1730Image: picture-alliance/dpa/M. Reichel

Pieces of the stollen will be sold and part of the proceeds donated to the state opera and to further the advancement of the next generation of bakers.

The first giant stollen weighing in at 1.8 tons was made in 1730 on the order of a local king wanting to impress his guests.

The tradition was revived in 1994.

cw/jlw (epd, dpa)

Skip next section Explore more
Skip next section Related topics
Skip next section DW's Top Story

DW's Top Story

View taken from a Danish F-16 interceptor of the Nord Stream 2 gas leak just south of Dueodde, Denmark, on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

Germany, Norway seek NATO role in undersea infrastructure

Skip next section More stories from DW
Go to homepage