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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.

SCRIPT:

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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