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Christmas Alphabet: Y is for Yule

December 23, 2011

Yule Log

Y is for Yule, as in Yuletide, Yule Log. This word with it’s different activities & symbols, like so many in our Christmas traditions, originated in Germany.

Buche de Noel

Another pagan symbol claimed to the glory of Christ.

Pumpkin Cake Roll

Pumpkin Roll Cake

Nope, not giving you a Buche de Noel recipe, but rather, a Southern US treat, our nod to the kind-of-difficult-to-decorate Buche. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2/3 cup Pumpkin, canned, frozen or fresh, but not pie filling!
  • 1 teaspoon fresh Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 cup Pecans, finely chopped
  • Powdered Sugar

Instructions, part 1:

  • Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a mixing bowl beat eggs on high speed of electric mixer; Gradually beat in sugar, until light & lemon colored.
  • Stir in the pumpkin & lemon juice.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, spices & salt.
  • Fold flour mixture into the pumpkin batter.
  • Spread in a generously greased & floured 10×15-inch jelly roll pan.
  • Top with chopped pecans.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until cake bounces back when touched lightly with finger.
  • Turn cake out onto a clean dish towel which has been generously sprinkled with powdered sugar.
  • Starting at narrow end, roll towel & cake up together.
  • Cool completely.
  • Unroll.

    Filling:

    • 1 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
    • 8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
    • 4 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
    • 3/4 teaspoon Vanilla
    • Milk or Cream as needed
    1. Combine the powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter & vanilla in a large bowl.
    2. Beat until smooth, adding milk or cream if mixture is too stiff.
    3. Gently unroll cake.
    4. Spread over the cooled cake & roll up again, this time without the towel.
    5. Chill.

    Makes 10 to 15 servings.

    This freezes well.

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