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Sweet grazing wreath

Sweet grazing wreath

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • plus at least 3 hrs chilling
  • Easy
  • Serves 6 - 8

Create a dessert centrepiece without spending hours in the kitchen. This sweet grazing wreath is great fun at Christmas, but is perfect for any party

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per serving (8)
NutrientUnit
kcal575
fat26g
saturates14g
carbs78g
sugars63g
fibre5g
protein5g
salt0.6g
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Ingredients

For the chocolate salami

  • 100g biscuits (we used speculoos and digestives)
  • 50g pretzels
  • 200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar

For the chocolate jazzies

  • 100g white chocolate
  • 1 tsp hundreds and thousands

To serve

  • chocolate coins (we used ruby chocolate)
  • pink or gold lustre (optional)
  • large figs, quartered
  • bay leaves
  • finger wafers
  • pink sugar mice
  • chocolate cigarellos

Method

  • STEP 1

    For the chocolate salami, put the biscuits and pretzels in a food processor and blitz to coarse crumbs or put in a bag, seal, then crush using a rolling pin.

  • STEP 2

    Put the chocolate, butter, syrup and a small pinch of salt in a heatproof bowl, and melt in the microwave in 20-second bursts until smooth, or in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, ensuring the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Stir in the biscuit and pretzel crumbs.

  • STEP 3

    Spread the mixture onto a sheet of baking parchment, then roll into a log around 6cm in diameter, using the parchment to help, then twist the ends of the parchment around the log to hold the shape. Tuck the ends underneath. Chill for at least 3 hrs or overnight until set.

  • STEP 4

    Remove the log from the parchment and dust with icing sugar, removing any excess with a pastry brush. Dip a sharp knife into a mug of boiling water and wipe dry. Slice the salami into 2cm-thick pieces.

  • STEP 5

    For the jazzies, melt the white chocolate as described in step 2, then line a large baking sheet with baking parchment and spoon on small, round blobs of it – around 40. Sprinkle with the hundreds and thousands and chill for at least 30 mins.

  • STEP 6

    Unwrap the chocolate coins. Use a small paint brush to coat them with lustre, if you like, or leave them as they are.

  • STEP 7

    To assemble, arrange the chocolate salami, jazzies, coins and the rest of the ingredients into a circular wreath shape on a round serving platter.

Goes well with

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2021

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