It is that time of year – the most wonderful time of the year! There is a general hustle and bustle feeling throughout the holiday season and sometimes it is hard to find any time to slow down. There are gatherings to host, gifts to give, festivities on every corner, and so much food!
There are a variety of traditional holiday dishes and desserts offered throughout this season. However, do not be afraid to try something new as your go-to appreciation gift or holiday dessert! While many people lean on the infamous fruitcake, I would like to offer an alternative: chocolate salami! It is simple to make and is the perfect offering for teachers, friends, and even the school crossing guard. It is also a wonderful hostess gift or enjoyed as a dessert at a holiday gathering.
Yields 12 servings
- 2 cups biscotti (or other crunchy biscuit cookies)
- 1 cup high-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa)
- 5 tablespoons butter, cubed
- 1/3 cup milk
- 4 teaspoons cocoa powder
- Pinch of sea salt flakes
- 1/3 cup hazelnuts
- ½ cup unsalted pistachios
- Powdered sugar to garnish
- Place the biscotti into a zip-top bag and crush the cookies. Leave small pieces of cookies, do not crush completely.
- Using a double boiler, melt the chocolate and butter together stirring frequently until smooth. The chocolate will burn easily.
- Remove from heat and add the milk, continuing to stir.
- Add the cocoa powder and pinch of salt while stirring well.
- Gently stir in the crushed biscotti, hazelnuts, and pistachios. Be sure everything is thoroughly coated with the chocolate.
- Place a sheet of parchment paper on a cookie sheet or hard surface. Pour out the mixture onto the parchment and form a log shape.
- Fold the parchment paper around the chocolate log to hold its shape. Once wrapped, roll it back and forth a few times to help make a solid log shape. Twist the ends of the paper.
- Refrigerate for at least 4 to 6 hours.
- Remove from the refrigerator and parchment paper and dust with powdered sugar. Slice as desired.