I’ve never eaten or seen a Yule Log. The dessert version, might I add. It’s traditionally served just before Christmas. It is majorly a sponge cake and it resembles or closely resembles an actual Yule log. This dessert is quite famous in Switzerland and France etc.
It is usually baked in a shallow pan, iced and then rolled to look like a log or a Swiss Roll, iced again and then decorated further to resemble a log. There are various combinations but the most basic one is a simple yellow sponge cake with chocolate buttercream.
The logs are usually served with a piece cut from one end of the log so that it can be placed on top of the log or near it to resemble chopped wood. Then some sharp knife or fork dragged through the icing to resemble a tree bark kind of structure. Of course, to make it more Christmasy, one can also sprinkle some icing sugar for the snow effect. If you want to go a few steps further, you can even try other decorations using meringues to show a few mushrooms or berries or tree branches etc.
This year, my sister and I are planning to bake one. We are going to try it out with a chocolate sponge cake though and some lovely chocolate or espresso ganache. The trick will be to make it look like a log. If it were just a simple cake, it would be dead easy. But a Yule Log, we’ll know this year.
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