Cusco bakers are set to make the world’s biggest Wawa bread

By Rachel Chase

The team of bakers will make the traditional Andean bread for All Saints’ Day.

Cusco bakers are set to make the world’s biggest Wawa bread

(Photo: Percy Hurtado/Andina)

In a task reminiscent of the making of the world’s largest chullo (a traditional Peruvian knitted hat), Cusco bakers are working on making the world’s largest Wawa bread.

The baby-shaped sweet bread is named after the Quechua word for baby: ‘guagua.’ It’s similar to the Mexican ‘pan de muerto,’ which families traditionally take to cemeteries to offer to dead relatives on Nov. 1, the Day of the Dead.

Last year, a 22 meter long wawa tanta, as the bread is known locally, was submitted to the Guinness Book of Records. Another tradition is to make bread in the shape of a horse, known as ‘panes caballo.’

The President of the Association of Traditional Bakers, Vicentina Cáceres Moscoso confirmed that more than 60 bakers will be involved in the baking of the giant bread, which will be baked on Oct. 29 and 30 to be exhibited Nov 1 in plaza San Francisco.

“The bakers who haven’t lost the tradition of preparing those breads that our ancestors used to make for the All Saints Day festivities will be here,” she said.

The 20 meter long bread will take 250 kilograms of flour to make and will be decorated with candies.

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