A giant custard cream biscuit weighing over 10kg is believed to be the largest ever baked in Essex.

The giant biscuit was made by the chef at Ashbrook Care Home on Sewardstone Road, Waltham Abbey, to mark British Food Fortnight.

Measuring 48cms long, 28.5cms wide and 9cms deep, the inspiration to make the custard cream came after a poll was held with the home’s residents.

Winning ‘hands down’ the British snack was named the most favourite teatime treats at the care home.

Home manager, Clare O’Neil, said: “It was quite a challenge. They need to have an elaborate baroque design stamped onto them, originating in the Victorian era and representing ferns. It took quite a while to master it.”

According to the Ashbrook Care Home chef, the biscuit is 83 times bigger than a normal-sized custard cream.

Waltham Abbey Town Mayor Anthony Watts and 90-year-old resident, Ruth Hope confirmed the size of the vanilla-flavoured treat.

Ms Hope said: “Custard creams are our favourite biscuits and it has been so exciting to find that our Giant Custard Cream is probably one of the largest ever baked in Essex.”