Monday, 23 December 2013

Comfort Food Challenge: 7 Twists on the Christmas Yule Log Cake

The Yule Log has become a firm family tradition for us at Christmas time. We've been making it a bit of a Christmas centrepiece for the last seven or eight years, to mark Christmas of course, but also the ancient festival of Yule. At this time of year, to our ancestors, everything during the winter was barren and dark, and the Winter Solstice (the 21st December or thereabouts) marked the returning sun, as the days started to get lighter and longer again. 

And to recognise the prospect of longer and lighter days (and to make the Yule Log a bit more fun to eat) we follow a little tradition on Christmas Eve. When we've finished our picada (snacks, salamis, olives and cheese) we bring the Yule Log to the table and place a candle in it for each member of our family. We light them all and then take turns to blow out one candle each, making a wish for the coming year. Then we slice the cake into chunks and eat it. Lovely. 



And although up until now my Yule Log is always shop-bought and never home-made, I thought it would be handy to compile seven Yule Log recipes with a bit of a twist that you might consider making. 


Fancy making any of these? 

Butterscotch Yule Log (from Handwritten Recipes)
This Yule Log doesn't require any baking - just chilling - and is made from butterscotch pieces, condensed milk and nuts. 

Mocha Yule Log (from Not Quite Nigella)
This Nigella-inspired Yule Log comes from the Not Quite Nigella blog - coffee would make a gorgeous addition to the traditional chocolate recipe I reckon. 

Bailey's Chocolate Yule Log (from Sorted)
Many of us can't resist a tipple of Bailey's at Christmas and incorporating the flavours of Irish Whisky in a chocolate Yule Log is a GREAT idea. Hic!

Eric Lanlard's Chocolate Yule Log Recipe (from Homemaker Magazine)
This Yule Log incorporates crème de marrons (chestnut purée) and marrons glacés for a really luxurious finish. 

Chocolate Peppermint Icebox Yule Log (from Joy the Baker)
Another no-bake Yule Log, this time with the traditional Candy Cane flavours of peppermint. 

Mini Chocolate Amaretto Yule Logs (from The Little Loaf)
These super-cute Yule Logs use Nigella's recipe as a base but with the addition of Amaretto cream. 

Paleo Gluten-Free Christmas Yule Log Cake (from Natural Kitchen Adventures)
After all my adventures in Paleo eating, I had to include this Yule Log from Kitchen Adventures, showing that you can still have a grain-free Yule Log at Christmas. Hurray! 

I'm entering this into this month's Christmas-themed Comfort Food Challenge. Do you have any Christmas-related posts planned? Then you still have time to link them up - check out the details here


Have a Cool Yule!