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In pictures: ‘World’s biggest’ empire biscuit unveiled ahead of Carluke’s Jam and Ham Festival

Local children l-r Jamie Gordon (10), Lana Irvine (6) and Joseph Irvine (8) with what is claimed to be the world's largest ever empire biscuit (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)
Local children l-r Jamie Gordon (10), Lana Irvine (6) and Joseph Irvine (8) with what is claimed to be the world's largest ever empire biscuit (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

A TEAM of bakers have unveiled the ‘world’s biggest’ empire biscuit.

The giant treat, assembled by Carluke jam maker R&W Scott and Clarks the bakers, measures an incredible 36 inches in diameter and weighs 15kg.

Incredibly, the bakers believe they can make an even larger version of the classic snack.

Bakers Brian Clark(L) and Jonathan Lightbody carefully carry the giant biscuit (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

 

The biscuit was created ahead of the Lanarkshire town’s Jam and Ham Festival, which takes place this Saturday.

Master baker Bryan Clark said: “We make a lot of empire biscuits but none that size.

“It was easier (to make) than expected, there are always some problems with it cracking and stuff like that, so we made some extra just in case.

“But it was actually easier than we thought – we could’ve done it bigger. We’re very happy with it.”

Lana Irvine (6) with the jumbo biscuit (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

 

It took eight bags of flour and 4,500g of butter to form the base.

R&W Scott provided the jam and icing to smother on top of the biscuits.

St Athanasius school children Jamie Gordon, 10, Joseph Irvine, 8, and Lana Irvine, 6, then helped with the finishing touches by adding the cherries.

Joseph described it as looking “delicious” and thought it would take 10 people to eat it, although he claims he could do it just himself.

Clockwise from the bottom Lana Irvine (6), baker Brian Clark, Jamie Gordon (10),Joseph Irvine (8) and baker Jonathan Lightbody (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

 

He added: “I could probably put three or four rulers on it.”

The biscuit is now due to be made available for tasting at the festival – we hope they’re looking for volunteers…

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