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Nitra baked the biggest bread

NITRA ba-kers celebrated October 16, World Bread Day, by baking the record loaf in Slovakia. The “classical consumer wheat-rye bread” was 229 centimetres long, 83 centimetres wide and weighed 36 kilograms, thus becoming the biggest bread in the history of Slovakia and making it into the Slovak Book of Records. It was as big as 36 one-kilogram loaves – a normal size sold in shops – and weighed close to the 38 kilograms that is the annual consumption of bread in Slovakia per capita.

Bakers in Nitra making a record loaf of bread. Bakers in Nitra making a record loaf of bread. (Source: TASR)

NITRA ba-kers celebrated October 16, World Bread Day, by baking the record loaf in Slovakia. The “classical consumer wheat-rye bread” was 229 centimetres long, 83 centimetres wide and weighed 36 kilograms, thus becoming the biggest bread in the history of Slovakia and making it into the Slovak Book of Records. It was as big as 36 one-kilogram loaves – a normal size sold in shops – and weighed close to the 38 kilograms that is the annual consumption of bread in Slovakia per capita.

To make it, the bakers of Penam bakery in Nitra used 41 kg of dough (from 21 kg of flour), 260 grams of yeast, 400 grams of salt, cumin and other ingredients. It took the team of three, led by technology expert Alžbeta Kossuthová, five hours to make it. The leavening lasted for 90 minutes and the baking also 90 minutes, the TASR newswire wrote.

The bread was then donated to the Depaul Slovensko organisation which helps people in need and operates the biggest shelter for homeless people in Slovakia.

The International Union of Bakers and Confectioners (UIBC) pronounced October 16 World Bread Day to hold tribute to bread and bakers. It has been celebrated since 2002. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) statistics find that almost 350 million tonnes of bread are consumed worldwide annually.

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