2 packets (400g) Marie biscuits (or other plain sweet biscuits)
1 cup (155g) blanched almonds
375g butter, melted
2 cups (220g) cocoa powder
1 tin (395g) sweetened condensed milk
icing sugar for decorating
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Directions Preparation:30min › Extra time:8hours chilling › Ready in:8hours30min
Soak the sultanas in 2 tablespoons of cognac for 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, break the biscuits with your hands into medium size pieces. Add the almonds, butter, cocoa powder, the rest of the cognac and the condensed milk. Add the soaked sultanas and stir it all very well. This will be a very stiff dough and the best way to mix it all is by using your hands. It may seem like it’s not going to come together, but it will, just keep mixing it up until all ingredients are well incorporated, forming a dark, moist dough.
Place a double layer of plastic wrap onto a clean work surface and put one third of the dough in the middle. Using your hands, shape dough into a log about 5-7cm in diameter. Place log towards one end of the plastic wrap and start rolling the plastic tightly around the log. Twist the ends of the plastic like a a lolly and tuck them under the log.
Repeat this process to make three logs. Refrigerate the logs overnight.
When ready to serve, use a small sieve to sprinkle the outside of the logs with icing sugar (or, if you prefer, sprinkle the icing sugar on a paper towel and roll the log on it). Slice it with a sharp knife. Enjoy!
This freezes well. In theory you could make one big log... but it is much easier to handle the dough in smaller amounts and it means you can have a chocolate salami in the freezer to take to parties or for guests etc.
This is very popular in the Czech Rep during Christmas. As we bake a lot of kinds of cookies for that holiday, we use in it all remaining ingredients as various nuts, raisins, dried fruit, broken biscuits from previous baking and so on. We use butter or shortening (melted) and dark rum. Condensed milk is not necessary, it can be substituted just by some sugar. You can use some jam if you wish. When making logs, we spread some dessicated coconut on the plastic wrap and then the coconut is on the surface. I love it! - 15 Jun 2012