Fruit & Nut Milk Chocolate Salami

A fruity, Italian alternative to the refrigerator cake. A slice is perfect served with coffee. Why not make in advance, store in the freezer, all ready for guests over the holiday season?

Hello! I’m back! It certainly feels strange to be writing a post on here but it feels good. I’m so very glad that I was contacted by Whitworths to join in with their ‘share the love’ Christmas campaign. It’s got me back into the blogging mode and now I’m already thinking of my next post. You can expect the A-Z challenge to return in the near future!

I’m sharing the love!

 So this post isn’t sponsored in any way. I was simply sent some goodies from Whitworths and in return I would bake something with them! I think the premise behind the campaign is so lovely; I couldn’t not join in. Read on to find out who i’ll be sharing the love with this Christmas….

This is going to sound SO cliched and so obvious, but this Christmas I’m going to be sharing the love with my husband. He very much deserves it in every way. I could write a long list of reasons why but this would end up being an essay. In short, he’s caring, makes me laugh and is very supportive. He’s always there for me in every way (especially now that I’m 29 weeks pregnant!); always ready to grab me a cup of tea (herbal) or run upstairs to get my pregnancy pillow when I’m uncomfortable on the sofa!

I know that he will LOVE this recipe as it’s something akin to what his Nonna Maria used to make – I’ve just changed a few things slightly, making the chocolate milk rather than dark (i’m a sweet-tooth!) I’m sure it will bring back a lot of memories for him as a child, spending summers and Christmas in Italy.

This is what the salami should look like when wrapped (you might want to refer to this for reference.

The Recipe

Fruit and Nut Milk Chocolate Salami

  • Serves: 12 + thin slices
  • Difficulty: Easy

A fruity Italian alternative to the refrigerator cake. A lovely one to make for guests over the holiday season - a slice is perfect served with a coffee!

What you will need

  • 200g milk chocolate
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 50g Whitworths walnuts
  • 50g Whitworths dried chopped dates
  • 100g Whitworths dried cranberries
  • 100g Whitworths traditional mixed dried fruit
  • 100g plain digestives
  • Icing sugar for dusting

Method

  • 1Over a pan of simmering water, melt the 200g of milk chocolate with the butter in a bowl (or a bain-marie if you have one).
  • 2In a separate bowl, add all the dried fruit. Fill a freezer bag with the digestives and walnuts. Roughly crush them together with a rolling pin. You want to end up with small pieces of biscuit and walnut, not crumb! Add together with the fruit.
  • 3Pour the melted chocolate and butter over the fruit, biscuit and nut mix. Mix together thoroughly with a wooden spoon.
  • 4On your work surface, lay out a large rectangle of baking paper. Top with a long piece of cling film. Pour the chocolate mixture into the middle of the cling film and with your hands, roughly form a sausage. Don’t worry if pieces of biscuit fall out –
  • 5 all will be well in the end!
  • 6Grabbing one edge of the cling film, tightly roll the mixture into a sausage. Tightly tie the ends up with a knot. Repeat again with a second layer of cling film, making sure it’s as tight as possible, smoothing out the chocolate salami to ensure it will freeze in one piece! Wrap in the piece of baking paper and place in the freezer. Leave for one hour, until set. Once set, remove and lightly dust with icing sugar. Serve with coffee.

Who will you be sharing the love with this Christmas? Let me your favourite family bakes in the comments!

Merry Christmas if I don’t post before. If I don’t – watch this space!

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