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!