Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 3rd June 2011
My daughter, Liana, has been all over me in the last couple of weeks about all the little containers of leftover melted chocolate and toasted nuts I have in the fridge. That’s what I get for asking her to clean out the fridge; apparently it’s my fault the fridge is in such disarray. Hmm…I think not! Regardless, it was time to put all that luscious chocolate to good use. I decided to make Salame al Cioccolato (Chocolate Salami).
Salame al Cioccolato is an Italian Dessert traditionally made using dark chocolate, cookies and dark rum. Like most recipes the traditional has been altered over the years and today you’ll see versions with nuts and dried fruit.
If you have little ones, it’s a fun afternoon activity, there’s no baking involved and the kids can enjoy making their very own mini Chocolate Salami. Remember if you’re making a kid-friendly version, exclude the rum and add a little more vanilla extract. Cut up mini marshmallows could be used to resemble the fat in savoury salami.
I like to serve my Salame al Cioccolato with an after dinner liqueur. Instead of serving in slices I generally leave it whole and present on a wooden board allowing my guests to slice their own piece. Really no different to when I am serving an array of Italian meats and cheeses.
It’s a great conversation piece; usually sparks a conversation about traditional dishes each of the guests have grown up eating. And the conversation usually puts everyone at ease, an icebreaker if you will, especially when introducing couples for the first time.
Salame al Cioccolato may be simple in preparation but don’t let that fool you, it delivers huge in flavour – rich chocolate, a trio of toasted nuts, and just a hint of rum – delicious! Every time I make this dessert I find myself questioning whether it’s the taste or the texture that entices me. The one thing I am certain of, the wonderful soft, melt-in-your-mouth decadent chocolate combined with the amazing crunch via the toasted nuts and cookies never have me questioning if one slice is ever enough – No!
Wishing you all a sunny, warm and relaxing weekend. In case you missed yesterday’s post, I shared another quick and easy Italian dessert – Torta di Fragole e Crema Soffice di Yogurt. It’s light, refreshing and perfect for summer entertaining.
Salame al Cioccolato (Chocolate Salami)
**Please Note – The Chocolate Salami will be firm when you first remove it from the refrigerator (you can see that in the photos). It is best to cut slices immediately but then allow the slices to come to room temperature before serving (the slices will then become soft and luscious!).
This recipe uses raw eggs; please make sure to use only the freshest of eggs.
- 226 g (8 ounces) good quality dark chocolate, 70%, finely chopped
- 100 g (7 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 150 g (2/3 cup) caster (superfine granules) sugar
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 30 ml (2 tablespoons) dark rum
- ½-teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 15 g (2 tablespoons) unsweetened cocoa, sifted
- 250 g (about 9 ounces) plain cookies (tea biscuits, digestive cookies), coarsely chopped
- 75 g (½-cup) almonds, toasted, finely chopped
- 75 g (½-cup) hazelnuts, toasted, skinned, finely chopped
- 50 g (1/3-cup) unsalted pistachios, toasted, finely chopped
- Confectioners’ (icing) sugar, sifted, for work surface
- In a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of just simmering water, melt chocolate until smooth. Remove from heat, set-aside.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together butter and sugar until creamy.
- Add the eggs; whisk until well combined.
- Add the rum and vanilla extract; whisk to combine.
- Add cocoa to cooled chocolate; stir until well combined.
- Add the chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and whisk until well combined.
- Add the cookies, almonds, hazelnuts and pistachios to egg-chocolate mixture; stir to well combine.
- Cover and chill chocolate-cookie mixture until firm, about one-half hour.
- Using a fine mesh sieve, sift confectioners’ sugar onto a clean work surface. Transfer chocolate-cookie mixture to work surface.
- Using your hands, form chocolate-cookie mixture into a log (resembling a salami) about 5-cm (2-inches) in diameter.
- Using the fine mesh sieve, sift confectioners’ sugar over surface of log to well coat.
- Place the log on a sheet of plastic wrap; wrap tightly. Twist the ends by grasping both ends of the wrap and rolling towards you several times (wrap as tightly as possible to keep the log shape). To secure, tie a knot at each end.
- Chill in refrigerator for at least three hours, preferably overnight.
- To serve, cut into slices or place on a wooden board and allow your guests to slice on their own.
- Store well wrapped in aluminum foil in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or well wrapped in foil and then in a freezer bag in the freezer for up to 1 month.
- Buon Appetito!
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