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A Yule Log, or Bûche de Noël, was invented by a French pastry chef in the late 1800s. It is a tradition dating from pre-Christian times to honor the God Thor and to celebrate the Winter Solstice with the building of a bonfire. The story goes that as Christmas came to replace the Winter Solstice celebrations, France carried on the tradition of a yule log by cutting down a tree each year and then placing it in the fireplace so the heat from the log could be used to prepare the Christmas Eve midnight supper. The ashes from this yule log were believed to hold magical and medicinal powers that would ward off the evil spirits in the coming year. The tradition of substituting a real yule log with an edible yule log (Bûche de Noël) likely started when homes were built without fireplaces so they could not burn a real yule log. This class will focus on techniques and assembly of your very own yule log. We will make a traditional sponge cake, chocolate cream filling, a rich chocolate frosting, and hand-made marzipan decorations. In addition to the basic recipes used in this class we’ve added additional ones so that you can create an even more elaborate yule log at home by decorating with sugared cranberries and meringue mushrooms. Instructor: Evelyn Schichner
This class will meet in-person at CCAE with a limited student capacity. Our in-person class guidelines for the fall can be found at ccae.org/in-person-classes.
Cambridge Center for Adult Education (CCAE) offers online and in-person classes in subjects including: World Languages, Visual Arts, Food & Wine, Humanities, Performing Arts, Life & Wellness, & Business & Technology. All upcoming classes can be found at ccae.org.
View all Cambridge Center for Adult Education cooking classes in the Food & Wine Class calendar at https://ccae.org/food-wine-class-calendar.
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