Christmas is never quite complete without the festive log cake.
According to definitive culinary encyclopedia New Larousse Gastronomique, the Christmas Yule Log cake is a fairly recent creation (estimated to be after 1870) by “Parisian pastrycooks” that was inspired by “the real logs that used to be burnt in the hearth throughout Christmas Eve”.
These days, most log cakes no longer have the traditional “tree bark” finish and the sky is the limit when it comes to the creativity of modern pastry chefs.
By Xie Huiqun + Muneerah Bee / Some text adapted from The Peak / Additional Reporting: Kirstie-mae Baptist, December 2020
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