Yule Log

 
A Yule log cake is a festive chocolate cake baked for celebrating the pagan German and Scandinavian festival called Yule which is commonly associated with Christmas in modern times. The Yule log cake is a generic term used to refer to a number of Christmas chocolate cakes, also commonly known as Buche de Noel. These rich chocolate Yule logs look like the true wooden logs that are customarily burnt in a hearth during the celebrations. The Christmas Yule log cake is also prepared for another yuletide tradition called Ashen faggot.
 
 
History 
 
According to English historian Henry Bourne, the custom associated with the Yule log has its origins in the 6th and 7th century Anglo Saxon pagan practices.
 
It is also linked by some historians to the ancient fire festival that was held during the winter solstice
 
The traditional Yule log cake also known as Christmas log , seems to be made with 19th century ingredients as noted by some historians; as buttercream icing and sponge cake, which are used by the Yule log cake recipe seem to have been first used during that period. The origin of Marzipan and Meringue used by the recipe for the Christmas Yule Log cake can be traced to the 17th century.
 
 
Preparation
 
The Yule log cake is essentially a roll of sponge cake filled with chocolate and frosted with buttered chocolate icing. The chocolate Yule logs are perfect desserts for a party. A mixture of heavy whipping cream, melted milk and bitter chocolates is first made. Separately, chilled heavy cream is beaten till peaks are formed. The frosting is made by adding semi-sweet chocolate to molten butter and to this mixture heavy cream is added.
 
Preparing the Yule Log Cake requires the preparation of a sponge cake. Ready sponge cake can also be bought from the bakers if it is inconvenient or time consuming to prepare it. The cake is unfolded and the chocolate cream filling is spread on it. The cake is then rolled up and one end, usually the best end, is shaped into a branch. The frosting is then poured on the branches of the cake. Powdered sugar is drizzled on top of the cake just before it is served. The Christmas Yule log cake can also be served chilled, and if so, it should be kept at room temperature for sometime before it is served.

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Yule Log Food: Best 5 Yule Log Foods To Serve At A Yule Party

Yule Log Food: Best 5 Yule Log Foods To Serve At A Yule Party On : 06-Dec-2010 By : colorsandspices

When you are planning of a Yule party , you should think of serving mainly Yule log food , so that it goes perfectly with the theme. Here you will find a list of best 5 Yule log foods to serve at a Yule party .   ...

Best 5 Chocolate Yule Logs To Serve At A Yule Party

Best 5 Chocolate Yule Logs To Serve At A Yule Party On : 06-Dec-2010 By : colorsandspices

The   Yule logs made with chocolate  are must for a Yule party. Here is a list of the best 5 such chocolate  logs to serve at the party. Go through them and select your favorite ones to serve your guests at the Yule party.   ...

Quick And Easy Ideas To Prepare Yule Log Dessert For A Yule Feast

Quick And Easy Ideas To Prepare Yule Log Dessert For A Yule Feast On : 06-Dec-2010 By : thot4food

Desserts are part of the Christmas festivities all over the world and you can never go wrong with a yule log dessert or the Buche de Noel, a traditional French delicacy. A creamy concoction filled with the goodness of chocolate it is considered to a mandatory...

Yule Dinner Ideas: How To Plan A Yule Menu With Traditional Yule Foods

Yule Dinner Ideas: How To Plan A Yule Menu With Traditional Yule Foods On : 13-Dec-2010 By : olivia

Choice of foods may differ with people, as some believe pork and seafood are the traditional Yule foods, while others consider roasted turkey, roast pork, eggnog, spiced cakes, fruit cakes and recipes made with dried fruit. Here are a few Yule Dinner Ideas...

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