Do you already have all your Christmas gifts for this year?
I have just ordered the last one and still need to wrap everything. But at least I managed to find something nice for all my family and friends. The most important thing is to spend time together with your loved ones anyway. I know it sounds cheesy, but the older you get the more you appreciate time together with family and dear friends. Especially as I am no longer living near my family, I am always looking forward to spend the Christmas Days together with them.
When thinking about a gift for people that are dear to you, a big present is actually not necessary. Something small and maybe self-made to show your love and care is enough. As I am not a crafty person in general I rather give away self-baked goodies. This Chocolate Salami is one of the things I have made this year as a little gift for a special person. You can wrap it up in some foil and add a nice ribbon to make it look festive. It tastes full of Christmas thanks to all the spices in it. The chocolate is melting in your mouth but thanks to the cookies and nuts it still has some nice crunch. It is really a sweet little treat for someone dear under the Christmas tree.
Do you already have all your presents? Do you give away self-made gifts and what do you make then?
- Chop the chocolate into small pieces and add it together with the butter in a heat-proof bowl
- Boil some water and put the bowl above it (make sure it does not touch the water!)
- Melt the chocolate and the butter together
- Add the spices together with the sugar and cacao until a the chocolate mass thickens and gets smooth
- Get the bowl away from the heat
- Add the chopped cookies and nuts and stir all together until well combined
- Prepare a long sheet of aluminium foil, covered with some cling film
- Add icing sugar on top the cling film
- Add the chocolate-cookie mass and start forming a sausage form
- Close the clingfilm well on both ends
- Roll everything up in aluminium foil and chill it in the fridge for at least 3 hours (can be kept in fridge for up to 1-2 weeks, so perfect to make in advance!)
- Before serving, cover again with icing sugar and cut into thick slices
TIP: Get it out of the fridge an hour before cutting, this will make the chocolate soft and easier to cut
- 250g Milk Chocolate
- 75g Butter
- 2 Tsp Gingerbread Spices (Lebkuchengewürz)
- 2 Tbsp Cacao, dutch quality
- 4 Tbsp Icing Sugar
- 80g Plain Cookies, chopped
- 40g Gingerbread, chopped
- 50g Almonds, chopped
- 50g Pecan, chopped