Holidays are usually connected with specific meals – especially when you talk about Christmas in a country like France with its rich gastronomic tradition. Of course, the festive menu may vary but it has usually one thing in common – it’s all about the dessert. And in France, it can only mean one thing: “bûche de Noël” (Christmas yule log).
Why wouldn’t they choose something fancier than a dessert resembling a log? It actually has an interesting history.
Originally coming from an ancient Celtic tradition of celebrating the Winter Solstice, it was adapted in medieval times to a custom bringing home a large piece of firewood that would be sprinkled with oil, wine or even holy water and placed in the hearth, where it would burn over longer time. In those days, fireplaces were huge and the ashes were thought to protect the home from lightening and evil spirits.
But what does it have to do with a cake? As large hearths were slowly replaced by stoves, this tradition slowly died out and the “bûche de Noël” was replaced by the edible version known today.
This year, we organized a CCC Bakery Challenge with an outcome of many tasty recipes for cookies, cakes & co. from our colleagues – and “bûche de Noël” was one of them! Laura from CCC Barcelona explains her choice: „My grandmother made this dessert every year and it allowed me to spend time with her. In my family, we always eat this dessert for Christmas and it’s good to be all together.”