History of Christmas Recipes: Yule Log

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The Yule Log is a traditional dessert served at Christmas time. The dessert is a sponge cake made to resemble an actual miniature Yule log.

The Yule Log is also known as bûche de Noël. “The name bûche de Noël originally referred to the “Yule log” itself, and was transferred to the dessert only after the custom had fallen out of use, presumably during the first half of the 20th century. By 1945 it referred to the cake.”

The dessert is very popular in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec and other French colonies.

The Yule log cake is said to date back to at least 1615. The first known recipe of the Yule log appeared in Gervaise Markham’s tome “The English Huswife.”

The original Yule log recipe emerged in popularity during the 19th Century.

“”Yule logs” are often served with one end cut off and set atop the cake, or protruding from its side to resemble a chopped off branch. A bark-like texture is often produced by dragging a fork through the icing, and powdered sugar sprinkled to resemble snow. Other cake decorations may include actual tree branches, fresh berries, and mushrooms made of meringue or marzipan.”

Do you enjoy a good yule log?

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