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Bûche de Noël

Christmas logAfter a traditional Christmas dinner, it's time to bring on the dessert. And in Quebec, and in many French-speaking parts of the world, one of the traditional holiday desserts is the Bûche de Noël or Christmas log. Usually these are made by rolling up a thin sponge cake, filled with jelly or cream. The finishing touch is the icing, applied to make the cake look like the bark on a log.

The log-shape is meant to represent a log - the Yule Log. This was traditionally a carefully chosen piece of wood for the holiday fire. Its ashes were said to have magical powers. And it was supposed to burn longer than any other log, some legends say, for 12 straight hours. The dessert version doesn't last quite so long at the dinner table. Especially the more recent ice-cream version of the Bûches de Noël.

This week, the CBC's Rachelle Solomon was in Coaticook, in the Eastern Townships. She dropped by the Laiterie de Coaticook which makes two varieties of the Christmas ice cream logs: maple toffee, and chocolate. Rachelle took a tour with factory coordinator Marc Faubert.

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Photo credit: Courtesy of the CBC website