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Swedish bakery uses 25kg fermented herring in record roll

Oh, the smell! A full 25kg of surströmming was used to make the sandwich. Photo: Mjälloms Tunnbröd/TT

A bakery on Swedens High Coast has made the worlds longest ever surströmming roll, laying a terrifying 25kg of foul-smelling fermented herring over a 60m-long flatbread.

The High Coast, the coastline between Härnosand and Örnsköldsvik, is home to some of Swedens most loved brands of the potent fish delicacy.

The dish is traditionally eaten as a surströmmingsklämma, with the fish sandwiched between two sheets of a flatbread called tunnbröd, together with potato, sour cream, onion and dill.

“We had the idea a few years back to back the worlds biggest tunnbröd,” Torbjörn Ullsten, chief executive of Mjälloms Tunnbröd told Swedens TT newswire.

“And it wasnt too much of an extra step to make it the worlds largest surströmmingsklämma, even if the category doesnt exist in the record books.”

The bakery rolled out a giant ball of rye dough to 60m in length. This brought the area it covered to 26 square metres, beating the previous record of 15 square metres.

The sandwich was then filled with the herring, together with 100kg of potato and 8kg of butter.

The finished product was measured by a food technician with the evidence sent to the Guinness Book of World Records headquarters in London for verification.

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