Josée di Stasio’s Chocolate-fig “sausage”

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PREP TIME

20 min

Makes

9 × 2-in. (23 × 5-cm) sausage or 18 pieces

* PLUS Baking Time: 8 minutes, Refrigeration Time: 180 minutes

“To give the appearance of a meat sausage, wrap in butcher’s paper and tie with butcher’s string. Slice and serve with clementines as a light dessert.” This recipe has not been tested by the Chatelaine Test Kitchen.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole almonds , or shelled pistachios
  • 112 g bittersweet chocolate , finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup crisp white cereal
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups dried figs , chopped
  • 2 to 4 tbsp icing sugar , sifted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Place almonds on a baking sheet and toast until lightly golden, 8 to 10 min (4 to 5 min if using pistachios). Let cool, then coarsely chop.
  • Place chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on medium, stirring often, 2 to 3 min. Or place chocolate in top of a double boiler along with butter. Stir over low heat until melted.
  • In a large bowl, stir almonds with cereal, figs and melted chocolate.
  • Place on a large piece of plastic wrap and form into a log measuring about 9 × 2 in. (23 × 5 cm).
  • Wrap and very firmly press mixture together, so that “sausage” will hold together when you slice it. Refrigerate 3 to 4 hours.
  • Place icing sugar in a resealable plastic bag. Unwrap “sausage” and place in bag. Gently shake until sausage is well coated. Tie the sausage with butcher’s string as you would for a roast. To serve, place on a wooden cutting board and cut into ½-in. (1-cm) slices. Wrapped in plastic and refrigerated, it will keep well up to 2 weeks.

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