Sometimes all we need is a simple but delicious dessert. Preferably with chocolate. For such occasions, this Chocolate Salami is an answer.
Hello, my friends. Happy hump day!
I mean HAPPY HUMP DAY (dancing and singing). Do I demonstrate my excitement well now?
I bet you won’t mind rewarding yourself with a delicious dessert which doesn’t require a lot of time to make? This Chocolate Salami is my answer.
It’s not a meat product, though.
Did you think for a second that I really made some deli meat with chocolate? Please be honest. I have no idea why would make you think so. Yes, I made once this Chocolate Pasta with Nutella Whiskey Sauce. And then I made this Chocolate Lavender Blackberry Pasta. I even added Irish cream in a risotto once. But chocolate and meat? I would have never thought of that! (Well, if seriously, I would like to try a combo of meat and chocolate which is quite common.)
But today we are talking about Chocolate Salami – a lovely no-bake dessert. I think it’s originated in either Italy or Portugal, but it has become very popular in many European countries. Chocolate Salami is made out of chocolate, biscuits (cookies), and butter. You can also incorporate some dried fruit and even a splash of alcohol such as rum or whiskey. Personally, I’ve tried it once with some Irish cream, and it was de-li-cious.
It’s an utterly versatile dessert too as you may use all possible nuts, fruit, alcohol, and their combinations. Try cranberries and pistachios. Or cranberries (cherries), almonds, and amaretto. Or perhaps hazelnuts and coffee liquor? Hard to decide, isn’t it?
Certainly, you don’t need to make this dessert in a cylinder shape. Simply place the chocolate batter in a baking dish, and slice once it’s cooled. Or even make some individual cakes, like truffles.
Indeed, there’s no precise recipe – this is just a basic guidance. Please be creative. And let me know if you’ve decided to add some real meat to this salami :)
- 250 gr dark (70% or more) chocolate, broken (the combo of dark and milk or semi-dark chocolate would work too)
- 100 gr. unsalted butter
- 2 large eggs *
- 3 tbsp dark cacao powder
- 2-3 tbsp confectioner's sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 200 gr. cookies (choose crispy like tea biscuits or digestive cookies or even covered in chocolate), roughly broken
- 1 - 1,5 cups of walnuts or other nuts, toasted and chopped
- some confectioner's sugar and corn starch
- Combine the chocolate and butter in a medium saucepan and melt it over another pot of boiling water. Alternatively, you can use microwave.
- In a meanwhile, in a bowl mix the eggs, vanilla, cacao, confection's sugar, and salt.
- Once the chocolate has melted, add the egg mixture vigorously beating. Cook for a minute then remove from heat.
- The mixture might look a bit lumpy which is fine - beat it with a spatula for another 1-2 minutes until it's smooth. At this point you can add some alcohol too.
- Stir in the nuts and cookies.
- Leave to cool and slightly thicken.
- Shape the mixture into one or two logs and wrap in foil or plastic. Place in the fridge for at least few hours.
- Unwrap and coat with the mixture of confectioner's sugar and corn starch, if desired
- Slice and serve.
*Eggs can be omitted. You can add a bit more of melted chocolate or butter.