It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Yes, yes, I know it’s 6 weeks plus a bit to go, but on my planet I’ve been wearing my elf hat since September. Because that’s how lead times work with this food styling gig and because, frankly, I adore Christmas. Giddy as a 5-year-old at the thought, that’s me. So here it is, the first of my festive season inspirations: Cherry-almond Chocolate Salami.
Of course there’s no actual meat involved in chocolate salami. It takes that part of its name from the shape. What is involved however is chocolate by the sinful bucket load. Most chocolate salami recipes include crushed biscuits. Nothing wrong with that of course, but I wanted something altogether more lusciously luxurious. So I nixed the biscuits, opting instead for nuts and dried cherries naughtily soaked in brandy.
I also replaced the usual eggs and butter with double thick cream. So what you get is not hard like most chocolate salami offerings, but soft and velvety smooth. It melts on the tongue in a borderline seductive way. I guess you can think of it as a giant salami-shaped chocolate truffle. Serve it with vanilla ice cream and loads of juicy fresh cherries and you have yourself a pretty perfect little festive season pud.