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Thessaloniki is a city well known for its rich history, its academic greatness, its cultural heritage and culinary tradition as well as its one of a kind bread roll.
On the event of the World Rowing Coastal Championship and along with other spectacular events that took place during this amazing athletic competition over the weekend, the bakers of Thessaloniki decided to add some extra flavor to the day.
In collaboration with the municipality of Thessaloniki, the city’s bakeries succeeded in making the world’s largest bread roll of approximately 165 meters in diameter weighting 1.35 tons.
How? By using approximately 700 kg of flour and 250 kg sesame seeds to bake 250 pieces of dough that were later joined just like a long puzzle to make a giant bread roll, big enough to circle the White Tower.
Bakers were baking away for two days in a row until they finally succeed in making the biggest bread roll in existence.
The weekend was proven to be of great inspiration, the rowing competition was a hit and the spectators, the attendees as well as the people who just happened to walk across the shore enjoyed really big portions of one of the greatest treats of Thessaloniki. The event was supported by the Mills of Crete and Haitoglou Bros and the giant “koulouri” roll is now claiming its place into the World Guinness Records.
There is always something to look forward to in the city of Thessaloniki, so plan your escape ahead, arrange your stay at City Hotel, your urban nature retreat in the heart of the town and get a piece of the action.
Until then…there is always time to bake a treat. Make your own Thessaloniki bread rolls:
- 1 kilo all-purpose flour
- ½ Cup of olive oil
- 1 cup of white sweet wine
- 2 dried yeast sachets
- 1 tsp. of salt
- 1 tsp. of sugar
- 2 tsp. of tahini
- 1 glass of lukewarm water (and maybe a bit more)
- Plenty of sesame seeds
Put the flour, the sugar, the salt and yeast in a bowl and stir the mixture with a spoon. Make a puddle in the middle of the flour and pour the olive oil and wine. Then add the tahini, water and begin to knead until your dough is firm and unified. Cover with a towel and move to a warm place for 1 hour until it swells. After the hour has passed, push the dough down to pull out the air. Cut small pieces of dough and shape into ropes, then into a circle, dip the dough in a bowl of lukewarm water and into a bowl filled with sesame seeds. Put a baking paper on your pan and place a few bun rolls with a distance from each other. Set aside for another half an hour until they rise. Bake the buns in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 30 to 35 minutes.
You are now ready to taste the most flavorsome essence of Thessaloniki and discover why Thessaloniki is a city Guinness Worth.