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Build a Yule Log in Four Simple Steps

You could spend hours fooling with sponge cake, buttercream, and meringue mushrooms for a classic bûche de Noël.

Or, the night before, you could assemble an equally impressive yule log with chocolate wafers, marmalade, and whipped cream, garnished with chocolate "mushrooms" of kisses topped with nonpareils.

Copyright 2005 USA Weekend and columnist Pam Anderson. All rights reserved.

Yule Log Photos: Brian Leatart for USA Weekend

Pam Anderson, Yule Log

1. Start creating the log by layering wafers with cream and marmalade. Then turn on its side and keep going.

Yule Log, Pam Anderson

2. Next, make two "knots" with eight wafers each, and angle them on both sides of the log.

    Yule Log

    3. Use a flexible spatula to spread cream evenly and thickly over whole log; then use a fork to create "bark."

      Candy Mushrooms for Yule Log

      4. Dig a small hole in the bottom of each nonpareil, then insert a kiss. Decorate log with "mushrooms."

      Dec. 9, 2009 2:31 pm
      It's nice to see that old Scandinavian habits are also used in the US. Around our Christmas time and way before BC there was a 12 days long celebration. A decorated tree - yule log - was burned to symbolize the rebirth of the Sun. The log could not burn totally. The remaining coals were kept. These were used the next year to lit the new stump. While the tree burned our Germanic ancestors feasted and celebrated. Bad choices, mistakes and adultery burned in the fire. We promised ourselves to behave better next year. Drinks flowed in abundance and of course there was good food! The French still bake a cake around Christmas in the symbolic form of a tree trunk, the Buche de Noël, a rolled cake filled with cream and chocolate. Just like the Yule log in America. Groeiend Kookboek on Yule Log
      Jan. 10, 2010 6:23 am
      Where would I purchase wafers?
      Sep. 30, 2010 9:24 am
      you can buy chocolate wafers in the grocery stores here. similar to the thin ginger snaps you can buy
      Dec. 3, 2010 5:23 pm
      really wish there were much bigger photos for this :( i was really interested but jsut not sure i can figure out what they are even using :(
      Dec. 24, 2010 10:38 pm
      This is the recipe for this yule log..
I was trying to figure out how to stack those wafers when I read the recipe. Glad I found this page.
      Jan. 28, 2011 2:48 pm
      Ditto the pictures, and how do you serve and eat this? Cutting cookies with a fork doesn't sound like it would work very well.
      Dec. 4, 2011 6:11 am
      Thank u Groeiend Kookboek for the interesting info.
      Dec. 23, 2011 5:11 pm
      dianne, the cookies soften from the cream and therefore the cake cuts very easily.
      Dec. 21, 2013 8:15 am
      The trick to cutting it is cutting it on a slant diagonally, to get the affect of the wafers, with the filling showing in lines....We just use flavoured (vanilla, or peppermint extract)whipping cream in between the wafers.
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