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Golden Christmas 'stollen' pleasure

2008-12-25 09:21:39 GMT2008-12-25 17:21:39 (Beijing Time)  Reuters

A baker in Germany produces cake with added sparkle for Christmas - traditional stollen spinkled with gold dust.

Stollen, usually made with butter; flour; candied lemon peel; raisins and almonds, is eaten in Germany the run-up to Christmas. But anyone who wants to enjoy the guilty pleasure of the cake with added gold dust should be prepared to pay twice the normal price.


This must be the definition of expensive taste.

A traditional German Christmas "stollen" cake is topped with gold dust.

German baker Hans-Juergen Matzker came up with the luxury twist to the traditional "stollen", which is made with butter, flour, raisins and almonds and eaten across Germany in the run-up to Christmas.

SOUNDBITE: Hans-Juergen Matzker, Baker, saying (German):

"This glittery, shiny gold dust is really splendid. It is for a certain type of customer who's looking for something a bit special, who isn't content with normal stollen."

But of course something special comes at a price.

And a kilogram of this golden stollen costs almost 22 euros - or 28 U.S. dollars - over twice the price of the normal cake.

SOUNDBITE: Hans-Juergen Matzker, Baker, saying (German):

"Of course it has to be a bit more expensive, and not just a little bit more. It is decisively more expensive as there's a lot of gold on top of the stollen."

And while these visitors to the bakery enjoyed sampling the traditional Christmas treat, some customers may find gold-covered cakes too much of a guilty pleasure during a recession.

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