Southends newest route’s a sweet treat


A giant Belgian Bun came to Southend recently to celebrate the airports new route to Antwerp in Belgium

The Belgian Bun was more than one metre wide and weighing in at 17.1kg, the monster Belgian Bun created to celebrate the new route to Antwerp was enough to keep even the sweetest toothed passengers at London Southend Airport happy.

The gigantic, world beating bun, which was filled with 2.6kg of sultanas and 1.5kg of Tiptree Lemon Curd, before being topped with 6kg of fondant icing and nearly 50 cherries.


The bun was created by Tiptree Patisserie, based in Witham and took its place at the airport last Wednesday (April 4).

It took weeks of practise runs to get the recipe involving 15kg of flour, 2kg of yeast and 3kg of apricot glaze just right, and then a team of strong people to lift the bun into position to meet its public.

Tiptree Patisserie Bakery Manager Clarence Hayden and his team were joined by Glyn Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Stobart Aviation, owners of London Southend Airport to cut the ‘World’s Largest Belgian Bun’ and then share it with passengers.

Clarence 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! 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.”

Glyn added “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.’

“London Southend Airport really go from strength to strength it’s 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.”

Antwerp is a beautiful city and ranges from medieval buildings like the impressive town hall and square, to the contemporary courthouse, to numerous Art Nouveau gems in between. From stylish buildings to well-dressed window displays, Antwerp is a good-looking city and has been one of the most desirable cities in Europe for many years.



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