The Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Serres, northern Greece, earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records for the largest bougatsa, traditional cream pie, ever baked.
British representatives of the Guinness World Records delivered a certification and the 2009 Guinness Book of Records in which the sweet temptation of the Prefecture of Serres, northern Greece, occupies a distinguished place.
The record pie, 20m-long, 60cm-wide and weighing 182 kilos, was baked in a specially made 20m-long oven during the 1st Festival of Gastronomy held in Serres last June.
Bougatsa is a pastry constituting custard, cheese, or minced meat filling between layers of phyllo (paper-thin pastry made from flour and water, rolled into small balls and stretched until it forms an extremely thin sheet. Multiple layers are used as the basis for Greek and Middle-Eastern pastry dishes). Bougatsa originates in Macedonia, northern Greece and is primarily consumed in the northern Greek port of Thessaloniki.
The people of Serres now aim for another world record, this time using minced buffalo meat as the pie filling, considering that the region is a major buffalo breeder.
The Guinness World Records is a reference book published annually, containing an internationally recognized collection of world records, both human achievements and the extremes of the natural world. The book itself holds a world record as the best-selling copyrighted series.