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BŻche de NoŽl

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A traditional BŻche de NoŽl, made with a Gťnoise cake and chocolate buttercream, and garnished with powdered sugar, raspberries, and spruce boughs.
A traditional BŻche de NoŽl, made with a Gťnoise cake and chocolate buttercream, and garnished with powdered sugar, raspberries, and spruce boughs.

BŻche de NoŽl ("Yule Log") is a traditional French dessert served during the Christmas holidays. As the name indicates, the cake is generally prepared, presented, and garnished so as to look like a log ready for the fire. The traditional bŻche is made from a Gťnoise or other sponge cake, generally baked in a large, shallow jelly roll pan, frosted, rolled to form a cylinder, and frosted again on the outside. The most common combination is a basic yellow sponge cake, frosted and filled with chocolate buttercream, however, many variations on the traditional recipe exist, possibly including chocolate cakes and espresso or otherwise-flavored frostings and fillings. BŻches are often served with a portion of one end of the cake cut off and set on top of the cake to resemble a chopped off branch, and bark-like texture is often produced in the buttercream for further realism. They are commonly decorated with powdered sugar to resemble snow, tree branches, fresh berries, and mushrooms made of meringue.

One popular story behind the creation of this dessert is that Napoleon I of France issued a proclamation requiring households in Paris to keep their chimneys closed during the winter, based on the notion that cold air caused medical problems. This prevented Parisians from being able to use their fireplaces, and, thus, prevented them from engaging in many of the traditions surrounding and involving the hearth in French Christmas tradition. French bakers, according to the theory, invented this dessert as a symbolic replacement around which the family could gather for story-telling and other holiday merriment.

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