Festive Chocolate Salami

Makes 2 no. logs apx 7 x 2inch logs

Ingredients

  • ½cup slivered almonds
  • ½cup chopped hazelnuts, skinned
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6oz milk chocolate
  • 6oz semi-sweet chocolate
  • ¼ cup strong brewed coffee, cold
  • 9oz crunchy amaretti biscuits, roughly crushed
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar

*as an extra treat for the grown-ups you can add a splash of booze! At the end of step 3, add in some a tablespoon or two of liqueur to your liking. I find Amaretto, or rum particularly delicious!

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. and line a baking sheet with baking parchment
  2. Spread the almonds and hazelnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake until the nuts are lightly toasted, 6 to 8 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool completely
  3. Put the butter and chocolates in a heatproof medium bowl and place the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Stir in the coffee until smooth*
  4. Add the cooled, toasted nuts, crushed amaretti biscuit pieces, cranberries, orange zest, and stir until well combined. Cover the bowl and refrigerate until firm but mouldable, about 1 ½ hours
  5. Remove from refrigerator and divide the chocolate mixture in half. Place half of the mixture in the centre of an 18-inch-long piece of cling wrap. Using a spatula, form the mixture into a log, about 7 inches long and 2 inches in diameter. Roll up the log in the plastic and twist the ends to seal. Roll back and forth on a work surface a few times to make the log evenly round. Repeat with the remaining chocolate mixture. Refrigerate both logs until firm, preferably overnight
  6. After chilling, remove the logs from your refrigerator and over a large piece or baking parchment liberally all over rub with the powdered sugar. Brush off an excess sugar with a pastry brush
  7. Store the finished salami in your refrigerator and to serve let the log(s) sit at room temperature for 15 minutes. Using a sharp serrated knife, cut the logs into 1/2-inch-thick slices and serve. Perfect with a strong coffee

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