Chocolate “Salami” With Hazelnuts and Figs
This flavor-studded roll of chocolate is flecked with toasted hazelnuts, jammy dried figs, and spiced Biscoff cookies. Each bite of this truffle-like dessert is a symphony of flavors, perfect for slicing for an off-the-cuff treat, or serving on a dessert platter post dinner. Even better, the rolls also make festive edible gifts (and especially great for those that prefer to make a no-bake dessert option). Twist like a real salami in the parchment paper, then wrap in colorful paper of choice (like this iridescent sheet), and label accordingly with a cute tag for a homemade food gift. Once you’ve gotten the hang of the method, give it a twist and try mixing up the flavors with a variety of nuts and dried fruit like: pistachios, almonds, macadamia nuts, dried cherries, or dried apricots. For a cookie substitute, swap in shortbread or gingersnaps. Just be sure to tell the lucky recipient to set it out at room temperature for at least 30 minutes to avoid any cracking when slicing it into smooth, heavenly rounds.
HOW TO MELT CHOCOLATE ON THE STOVE Place chopped chocolate or chips in a heatproof bowl (with butter, if recipe requires) set over a pot of simmering water. Stir constantly until melted.