|photo by ana traina ~ 2011 ~|
It wasn’t till years later that I actually had my first sinful bite of this chestnut cream filled gateau. It was in Angelina’s on the Rue de Rivoli and I am very proud to say I ordered it in perfect French. And yes indeed, it was just as the memorable Parisian man had said, “trés, trés bon”!
Here is some History of Buche de Noel that I was able to uncover and discover...
One of the famous stories about this French dessert is associated with the great Napoleon Bonaparte of France. He issued a proclamation, as per which, the people of Paris were ordered to close the chimneys of their houses, during winters. It was thought that entry of cold air into the houses was causing spread of illnesses and the proclamation was aimed at prevention of such diseases. It was during this time that Buche de Noel or yule log cake was invented in Paris. As use of hearths was prohibited, they needed some sort of traditional symbol that can be enjoyed with family and friends during the festive season that falls in winter. Thus, this cake became a symbolic substitution around which the family could gather for storytelling and other holiday activities.
The origin of this well-known French pastry is also linked with the ancient Celtic tradition of celebrating the winter solstice. On this shortest day of the year, the Celts would search for a large trunk of oak, beech, elm or cherry and burn it as a symbol of rebirth of the sun. During the Middle Ages, the ceremony of burning logs became more detailed. The logs themselves would be decorated with ribbons and greenery. Then the youngest and the oldest member of each family would carry the log to the hearth and set it in flames that will burn for the whole night. The vestiges would be collected the next day, to be used throughout the year. It was thought that these logs help cure various sicknesses and protect the house from the wickedness of the evil spirit. With time, the practice changed and people started representing the practice with a log-shaped cake that was served as dessert to the guests.
To all the luscious zingertalers,
I thank you for all your sweet encouragements and...
I wish you all the wonderment and love your heart can hold in 2012 and all the years to come!