Josée di Stasio’s Chocolate-fig “sausage”

Prep 20 min
Plus Baking Time: 8 minutes, Refrigeration Time: 180 minutes
Makes 9 × 2-in. (23 × 5-cm) sausage or 18 pieces

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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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