Chocolate salami recipe is a festive, simple, easy and quick dessert, perfect to serve at holiday parties or just as an every day treat! There’s no baking involved and in spite its name, it contains no meat!
Chocolate salami recipe
One of my childhood’s greatest deserts, this chocolate salami or “chocolate salame” is not a chocolate-filled sausage, as you might think! It is, instead, a delicious mix of cookies or butter biscuits, dark chocolate or cocoa, raisins, walnuts and a bit of rum or rum extract. You can make it in no-time and doesn’t need cooking.
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This chocolate salami recipe is a crunchy dessert very popular in Italy and Portugal, but also in Eastern Europe. It is usually shaped like a salami, hence its name. The ingredients are pretty flexible, as you can use any kind of cookies or crackers you have at hand, as well as decide whether to include or not nuts, raisins or dried fruits. Once you find your own favorite mix, that’s it, you’ll be sticking with it forever!
Some people call it “Slacker”, as it only takes 20 minutes to make it, so you can’t just be too lazy to make one. It’s mostly error-free, so even the most beginner cooks can make this yummy dessert.
How do you shape the chocolate salami?
I like to place the mixture in plastic wrap, roll the wrap, grab the ends of the wrap, twist them while keeping rolling the log until perfectly shaped and compact.
This is not the only shape it can come in, but it sure is the most popular. Some people use a bread pan to give it a loaf shape, and you can also find it shaped as a cake. It’s all about your personal preference but the taste stays the same.
Can you freeze chocolate salami?
While it doesn’t taste as great as the fresh cookies, if you do feel a bit lazy or are usually busy, you can make a larger batch and freeze smaller salamis, so that you don’t have to make them every time. Just keep them at room temperature before serving until the log becomes easy to cut.
When do you serve Italian chocolate salami?
Italians always have this chocolate salami on important holidays like Christmas or Easter. It saves the effort of baking complicated cakes and is still full of flavor. The only “cooking” involved in making it is rolling it and refrigerating for a few hours before serving.
You can enjoy the Italian chocolate salami with a cup of tea or coffee, an after-dinner liqueur, or just as a snack between meals. How is the Italian chocolate salami made in your country and how do you call it? Please let me know in your comments.
Italian chocolate salami
This dessert is pretty versatile! The traditional Italian recipe includes raw eggs, like the Tiramisu but I am not a fan of this version so I never use eggs. You can try and see if you like it best with or without them. Many people omit them and say their Italian chocolate salami still tastes amazing.
Also, the original recipe calls for rum but I advise you be careful with the rum. It’s better not to use it when you know children are also going to eat the salami. And they will, it’s too good to resist! So I always use rum extract instead of rum for the nonalcoholic but equally delicious version.
How do you make chocolate salami recipe?
1. Melt butter in hot milk.
2. Add sugar and melt.
3. Add cocoa powder and mix to combine.
4. Add Turkish delight, raisins and walnuts and mix to combine.
5. Break social tea biscuits into 1/2″ to 1″ pieces.
6. Pour the chocolate mixture over biscuits and mix until evenly covered.
7. Shape into a log, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until hard.
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Chocolate salami recipe
- Add milk to a sauce pan and heat.
- Add butter and mix until melted.
- Add sugar and mix to dissolve.
- Add cocoa powder and mix to combine. Whisk continuously to break the lumps.
- Add Turkish delight and mix until the Turkish delight is half melted.
- Add raisins and walnuts and mix to combine.
- Into a large bowl, break social tea biscuits into 1/2" to 1" pieces.
- Pour the chocolate mixture over biscuits and mix until the biscuits are evenly covered.
- Spread plastic wrap on the table and with the help of a spoon or spatula, add half the mixture in the middle of the wrap. Shape into a log and fold the bottom half of the wrap over the top half.
- Grab the ends of the plastic wrap and twist to seal.
- Roll the log on the table while lightly pressing and pushing the salami mixture, until the plastic wrap is tight and the mixture is compact.
- Refrigerate for a few hours (or overnight) until the log is hard.
- Unwrap the salami and cover in coconut flakes.
- Cut into slices and serve cold.
- Keep refrigerated.