The Yule Log has a long history. It was once a custom to burn a Yule log at Winter Solstice. Often it would be a whole tree with the trunk stuck in the fireplace with the tree hanging into the room. "Yule" was the name of the Winter Solstice festivities in Scandinavia way back in medieval times. A more detailed description of the history can be found here: History of Yule Log. Over the years, people turned to Christianity but many continued the custom of burning a Yule Log. Sometime someone must have decided that instead of burning some huge log and smoking up the house...it might be tastier to bake a cake in the shape of the Yule Log.
My sister, Linda, can bake or cook anything and always with yummy results. Everything is made from scratch...Linda refuses to use prepared food. Her Yule Log is an example. It has become a family tradition. I have a few pictures and videos that show how she makes it. She starts by baking a very thin cake...the same kind as in making a jelly roll cake. After that she fills it with whipped cream, rolls it and puts it in the refrigerator to cool. While it is cooling she makes chocolate ganache and meringue mushrooms. The videos will show some of these steps.
I am not sure what recipe Linda uses to make the ganache, but here is one that you can use if you decide to make a Yule Log. Ganache Recipe
|Making the ganache.|
Linda cuts the roll into three pieces. Two are very small that she uses as knots on the log.
Here is what the Yule Log looks like after it has been rolled. There is sweetened whipped cream inside.
This video shows Linda spreading the ganache on the Yule Log and explaining a little about her process of making the Yule Log.
|This year's Yule Log...without the holly leaves and berries.|