World’s largest mille-feuilles takes Geneva pastrymakers 3.5 hours

Video: Gilles Desplanches on how to make a mille-feuille

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – 1,222 metres long, 4,207 kilos heavy and, ultimately, more than 30,000 slices: Geneva pastrymaker Gilles Desplanches decided to celebrate its 25th birthday in style by creating the world’s largest mille-feuille. Sunday at Palexpo in Geneva the giant pastry was given the thumbs up by the Guinness Book of Records, which judged it officially the world’s largest, breaking a record set in Belgium in 1992.

The CHF100,000 to be raised from the sale of the slices goes to the breast cancer group Réseau Cancer du Sein/Association Savoir Patient (ASAP).

The recipe: 3.5 hours to whip it up, 25 pastry chefs, uncounted volunteers, 864 litres of cream, 576 litres of milk, 600 kilos of flour, 432 kilos of butter and 360 kilos of fondant.

Orders for slices will be delivered Monday.