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Chocolate Salami

INGREDIENTS

Basic Recipe

  • 1 cup fruit and/or nuts
  • 2 tablespoons alcohol
  • 1 cup good quality chocolate
  • ⅓ cup whipping cream
  • 4 oz dried plain crispy cookies such as ladyfingers or sugar cookies
  • ½ cup icing sugar

DIRECTIONS

  • Lay out 2 pieces of plastic wrap about 15 x 15″ on the counter side by side.
  • Marinate the fruit in the alcohol at least 1 hour.
  • Pulverize half of cookies in a food processor – about ¾ cup.
  • Break the remaining pieces in small pieces.
  • Melt chocolate and whipping cream.
  • Stir in pulverized cookies.
  • Add fruit, alcohol, nuts and cookie pieces and mix.
  • Pour half of the chocolate mixture onto each piece of plastic wrap.
  • Roll the plastic wrap to form a log.
  • Twist the ends and tie with a twist tie pushing the chocolate into the centre to form a solid log.
  • Refrigerate overnight for the chocolate to set.
  • When ready to serve, take the Salami out of the plastic wrap and rub with icing sugar.
  • Cut ½” slices with a knife that has been run under hot water and dried.
  • Serve with crisp biscuits or fancy crackers, grapes or slices of fruit, or dried fruit.

Variations

1. Chocolate – bittersweet chocolate
Fruit & Nuts – apricots, prunes & raisins
Alcohol – Cruzan Rum

2. Chocolate – ½ milk & ½ semisweet
Fruit & Nuts – sour cherries & cranberries
Alcohol – cherry brandy

3. Chocolate – semisweet
Fruit & Nuts – diced ginger
Alcohol – ginger liqueur

4. Chocolate – ½ semisweet & ½ cappuccino
Fruit & Nuts – whole hazelnuts
Alcohol – Grand Marnier or Triple Sec

5. Chocolate – ½ milk & ½ semisweet
Fruit & Nuts – pistachios & 2 drops of pistachio oil
Alcohol – white rum or apricot brandy

6. Chocolate – ½ milk & ½ semisweet
Fruit & Nuts – chopped pecans & cranberries
Alcohol – apricot brandy

7. Chocolate – ½ milk & ½ semisweet
Fruit & Nuts – slivered almonds, cranberries & 2 drops of coffee oil
Alcohol – Kahlua

8. Chocolate – ½ Valrhona Caramel & ½ semisweet
Fruit & Nuts – whole pecans
Alcohol – Kahlua