I love keeping this log in the fridge and bringing it out for a snack when friends are over, or taking it to a picnic. It's always a hit and it's so easy to make. No baking, no fuss, only 4 ingredients. It's also great for a mid afternoon snack if you're after a little indulgence that isn't actually too indulgent!
There is a tablespoon of liquid in the recipe and you use what ever you like. It can be water, or grape juice or orange juice. I love making this with orange juice, and also using orange infused dark chocolate, and adding the rind of an orange. So good! And if you know that it will only be adults consuming the final product, you can make your liquid an orange liqueur (like cointreau or grand marnier) or if you're not going for an orange infused log, use some lovely aged muscat or port.
- 300g dried figs
- 100g (1 cup) whole almonds or almond meal
- 50 g dark chocolate (dairy free, 70% cocoa, preferably fair trade)
- 1 Tablespoon liquid (orange juice, grape juice, water, or orange liqueur)
- (Optional) finely grated rind of one orange
- If using whole almonds, place in food processor and process until finely chopped (if using almond meal, simply place in food processor).
- Slowly add dried figs to processor, while it's running- just a couple of figs at a time to make sure the processor doesn't seize up!
- Add the chocolate and blend lightly so there are still some little chunks.
- Add liquid of choice and blend until the mixture comes together.
- Roll the mixture into a sausage shape and roll up in cling wrap. Make sure you've made the sausage very, very firm, or it will have gaps in it when you slice it.
- Refrigerate for a couple of hours until it is solid, then slice into thin rounds and serve.
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