Friday, December 17, 2010

Bouche de Noel

More than 1000 years ago the Bouche de Noel originated in Europe as part of a pagan ritual celebrating the winter solstice. On the shortest day of the year Celts would search for find a large log and burn it as a symbol of the sun's rebirth. Over time, Christians adopted the tradition of burning a Yule Log during the Christmas season and embellished the log with flowers, ribbons, and bows before burning it. The remains of the Yule Log would used throughout the coming year as a means of warding off evil spirits in the home and preventing illnesses in the house.
In order to prevent illnesses caused by cool air, Napoleon Bonaparte issued a broad sweeping proclamation that Parisians were to keep their chimneys closed during the long winter months. His proclamation prevented citizens from using their fireplaces, but creative French bakers came to the rescue by inventing as a symbolic substitution for the traditional Bouche de Noel. Parisians would gather around the log shaped confection and celebrate the spirit of the holiday as they would around a fire.
Today, the Bouche de Noel, is one of the most famous of all French desserts. A traditional genoise cake is filled will buttercream, rolled, and frosted to look like a log. Bakers then decorate the cake with meringue mushrooms, green leaves, red flowers and powdered sugar,
Yesterday, Emma and her friend came over to make and decorate a Yule Log for their French class. I think they did a really incredible job!

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