Monday, November 30, 2015

Christmas A to Z–Letter B

Welcome Back to Christmas A to Z! Each day from now through Christmas Eve, I would like to share traditions, decorations and meanings of Christmas. I hope you will join me for some Christmas Season inspiration.
Today the letter, of course, is
…is for Baking, Buche de Noel and Bethlehem
As a child I remember always baking lots of goodies for the Christmas Season. My mother always made extra for her office at work as well as to share with friends. When I got married and had a child we continued to bake, but limited it to just our favorites. Today, baking seems to be a chore unless I am craving one of the childhood treats. We always made sugar cookie cutouts with delicious buttercream frosting or sprinkled with sugar.
Buche de Noel
Buche de Noel is a special Christmas Cake. It is referred to as A Yule log (or bûche de Noël French pronunciation), and is a traditional dessert served near Christmas, especially in France, Quebec and several former French colonies. Made of sponge cake to resemble a miniature actual Yule log.
The original Yule log recipe emerged during the 19th century. It is traditionally baked in a large, shallow Swiss roll pan, iced, rolled to form a cylinder, and iced again on the outside. The most common combination is basic yellow sponge cake and chocolate buttercream, though many variations which include chocolate cake, ganache, and icings flavored with espresso or liqueurs exist.
Yule logs are often served with one end cut off and set atop the cake, or protruding from its side to resemble a chopped off branch. A bark-like texture is often produced by dragging a fork through the icing, and powdered sugar sprinkled to resemble snow. Other cake decorations may include actual tree branches, fresh berries, and mushrooms made of meringue.
O Little Town of Bethlehem is a popular Christmas carol. The text was written by Phillips Brooks (1835–1893), an Episcopal priest, rector of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia. He was inspired by visiting the village of Bethlehem in the Sanjak of Jerusalem in 1865. Three years later, he wrote the poem for his church and his organist, Lewis Redner, added the music. Redner's tune, simply titled "St. Louis", is the tune used most often for this carol in the United States
I hope you will join me again tomorrow for more of the Christmas Celebration.
Carolyn and the Bears

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