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Last modified: 04 April 2012

Record-breaking hot cross bun at RSPB Saltholme nature reserve

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The RSPB today unveiled the world's largest hot cross bun at its Saltholme wildlife reserve to celebrate the wealth of events and activities taking place at RSPB reserves across the country this Easter.

Measuring a massive 8 feet, the traditional Good Friday fare is in the process of being verified by Guinness World Records, beating the 'currant' record-holder, SASKO bakeries in South Africa.

The Saltholme reserve, a beautiful wetland retreat in the heart of Teesside, hosted the grand unveiling of the record-breaking bun, after it was transported from Greenhalgh's bakery in Bolton, the only bakery in the UK with an oven big enough to accommodate the giant tin.

Weighing the equivalent of 2,060 regular hot cross buns, the record-breaker was baked in a custom-made tin that is due to be reused as a birdbath at the RSPB's headquarters once local residents have eaten the Easter treat.

The bun took a team of five professional bakers a whole day to prepare and make, with over 65 kg of flour and enough currants to stretch to the top of Nelson's column if laid out.

'It tasted amazing, but now it seems we've got a lot of washing up to do!'

Ben Calvert, Visitor and Promotions Officer at RSPB Saltholme, said: 'We weren't sure we were going to be able to pull it off, but (fingers crossed) we've gone and broken the world record.

'I can't believe we managed to eat a bun of that size - although the birds are still enjoying the odd currants they find. It tasted amazing, but now it seems we've got a lot of washing up to do!'

Greenhalgh's Production Director, David Smart, added: 'As a family craft bakery we are used to hand crafting delicious bespoke items but this was one of the most unusual requests yet. We were delighted to be tested on such a large scale and to help achieve a notable World Record whilst assisting a worthwhile charity.'

This Easter there are hundreds of different activities happening at RSPB reserves across the UK, ranging from pond dipping in Dungeness to scavenger hunts in Lochwinnoch. With over 200 reserves located up and down the country, everyone is sure to have a reserve on their doorstep, meaning families nationwide can enjoy getting back to nature this Easter.

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