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Prepare a fuss-free Bûche de Noël for your Christmas party this season!

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Buche De Noel

Literally French for “Yule log”, the Bûche de Noël is originally a French dessert dating back to the late 18th century and early 19th century. As the name implies, the cake is typically decorated to resemble a wooden log ready for the fire.

In olden times on Christmas Eve, it was the custom in several parts of Europe to fetch a log of large, freshly cut wood called the Yule log back to the home. This entire process was made into a ceremony of sorts, with much celebration and merriment.

The log would then be placed on the hearth by the master of the house and beautifully decorated with evergreens or flowers. Traditional offerings of various wines, ciders and grains were then sprinkled on the log representing health, fruitfulness and productivity. Following which, the log would be lit with splinters from the preceding year.

The ashes were then saved as a charm to protect against lightning, witchcraft and sometimes even the devil. They were also sprinkled on fields in the hope of bringing bigger harvests and cast into wells to purify and sweeten the waters.

Eventually, due to fireplaces being replaced by the more conventional iron stoves, the tradition of burning the Yule log was also phased out. In its place is now a small log cake used often as the centrepiece of the Christmas table.

Are you planning to make a Bûche de Noël at home this Christmas? Electrolux has a few handy tips to make your Bûche de Noël preparations just a little bit easier!

Buche de Noel

Bûche de Noël

Photo Credit: Caitlin Childs

Tips for making and storing your Bûche de Noël

  • Baking your Swiss roll and meringue mushrooms to assemble the Bûche de Noël has never been so easy! Selected Electrolux oven models have a unique automated shutdown feature once the set time is up, reducing the chance of you facing an inedible mess.

  • Using Electrolux’s convection microwave oven to melt chocolate, saves you the hassle of washing more dishes. Melting chocolate in the microwave is also faster compared to melting chocolate in a saucepan over the stove-top. Break the chocolate into small squares and place in a heatproof bowl. Heat on medium for 60 seconds, then stir gently and heat for a further 30-60 seconds until melted.  

  • Electrolux’s refrigerators are equipped with a multi air-flow system that allows cold air to circulate freely, keeping all areas of your fridge at a constant cool temperature. Your Bûche de Noël will keep well for up to three days in the refrigerator, loosely covered with foil. Remove the cake from the refrigerator prior to serving and allow it to defrost to room temperature before serving.

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