The spirit of Christmas is in the air, along with the aroma of the desserts that make this time of year even more wonderful. If you are a traditionalist, you can’t miss the opportunity to serve the dessert that symbolizes the holidays – the Tronchetto di Natale or Yule Log.
Do you know its history?
The origin of this log-shaped dessert can be traced to France and mimics the tradition of the Yule log. This ancient Christmas ritual, which is common in several European countries, dates back to the twelfth century. On Christmas Eve, the head of the family would burn a large log in the fireplace. If the ashes continued to burn until Epiphany, it was a good omen for the harvest and the family.
According to a different interpretation, the Yule Log dessert (also known as the Buche de Noel), symbolizes the only means that families had to keep warm before the advent of coal and electricity – the log is a metaphor for the hearth that warmed the Baby Jesus.
This sweet tradition has survived the Industrial and Technological Revolutions. Even though light and warmth are now readily available, Yule Logs are never missing from holiday tables.
The recipe for this dessert involves rolling a thick jam in a soft cocoa cake, creating a log shape that is decorated with sugar flowers. There are many variations, but they all have one thing in common – they let you fully experience the magic of Christmas.
La Donatella, a company that uses traditional Italian dessert recipes that have been passed down for generations, offers its own delicious version of Tronchetto di Natale Yule Log: soft sponge cake rolled with hazelnut cream and a touch of chocolate ganache.
The sweetest Christmas gift for your loved ones.