Southend-Antwerp travellers get to try ‘the World’s Largest Belgian Bun’

Glyn Jones (second from right), chief executive of Stobart Aviation, which owns London Southend Airp

Glyn Jones (second from right), chief executive of Stobart Aviation, which owns London Southend Airport, joins Tiptree Patisserie bakery manager Clarence Hayden and other Tiptree staff to cut the 'World's Largest Belgian Bun'. Picture: Ruth Knight Photography/London Southend Airport - Credit: Archant

An Essex bakery has created was is claimed to be the world’s largest Belgian Bun ? to celebrate the launch of a new route between London Southend Airport and Antwerp.

Passengers Liv, Will, Damon and Lisa Knight enjoy a tasty pre-flight treat before jetting off from L

Passengers Liv, Will, Damon and Lisa Knight enjoy a tasty pre-flight treat before jetting off from London Southend Airport to Antwerp. Picture: Ruth Knight Photography/London Southend Airport - Credit: Archant

The bun, measuring nearly one metre wide and weighing in at more than 17kg, was made by Tiptree Patisserie, based in Witham.

The recipe, which took several weeks to perfect, included 15kg of flour, 2.6kg of sultanas, 2kg of yeast, 3kg of apricot glaze and 1.5kg of Wilkin & Sons Tiptree Lemon Curd, plus a topping consisting of 6kg of fondant icing and 50 cherries.

Tiptree Patisserie bakery manager Clarence Hayden and his team were joined by Glyn Jones, chief executive of Stobart Aviation, which owns Southend Airport, to cut the bun and share it with passengers.

Mr Hayden said: “We were approached by London Southend Airport a few weeks ago to take part in this event and gladly accepted their challenge to make the World’s Largest Belgian Bun.

The water arch salute for the start of flights between London Southend Airport and Antwerp.
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The water arch salute for the start of flights between London Southend Airport and Antwerp. Picture: London Southend Airport - Credit: Archant


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“After a month of trial runs, we perfected the dough weight and baking times, to create a whopping bun, measuring nearly a whole metre across. I and the team at Tiptree Patisserie would like to wish the new route to Antwerp every success.”

The Antwerp service is being operated by Stobart Air through a franchise partnership with Flybe and runs four times weekly, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

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Mr Jones said: “We’re hugely excited about what we’re now offering passengers – not only this amazing cake, but even more choice with a brand-new route to Antwerp, named one of the Top 10 Best Cities 2018 by ‘Lonely Planet.’

“We’ve hundreds of extra flights and thousands of more seats for our summer season, but what is helping London Southend Airport really go from strength to strength is our promise to deliver a better way to travel - more comfort, faster access, fewer queues and a friendlier experience than larger airports in the South East.”

Jon Horne of London Southend Airport takes on the Cycle to Antwerp Challenge.
Picture: Ruth Knight

Jon Horne of London Southend Airport takes on the Cycle to Antwerp Challenge. Picture: Ruth Knight Photography/London Southend Airport - Credit: Archant

The launch celebration also included a cycling challenge, offering a prize of four return flights on the new route, a chance to try Belgian beers and waffles, and a mini jar of Tiptree Belgian chocolate spread for passengers, plus a traditional water arch salute from the fire service.

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