“In Italy, they add work and life on to food and wine”- Robin Leach.
Did that title throw you off ? Or have you heard of chocolate salami before? I , for one, first heard about this only very recently. On the face of it , it seems like a simple chocolate fudge rolled up into a log.
But a little reading up told me that Chocolate salami is infact a traditional Italian and Portugese dessert. It is called Salame al Cioccolato , is common on Christmas cookie platters and is an upscale , slightly whimsical version of the refrigerator biscuit cake. They are formed into sausage shapes , dusted with icing sugar and sliced- hence the “salami”. They are even tied with string to increase the likeness to the meat!
Recipes for the salami vary with melted chocolate , rum and egg yolks used in many of the traditional ones, and most being a no-cook , no-bake version. I am always wary of using uncooked eggs , so I steered clear of those. I have also used cocoa , because I find more people seem to have cocoa at home as compared to baking chocolate. And because of the cocoa, my recipe involves a bit of cooking on the stove top – but all very quick and easy, I assure you!
You can add anything but the kitchen sink into these . I went with whatever I had at hand , and thought would add interest in texture ,colour and flavour. So crushed digestive biscuits , some cranberries and some pistachios ! Just throw in whatever you want and like ! Serve them with tea or coffee , as an after dinner sweet bite or pack them up in your kids lunch boxes!
To be honest , I didn’t expect much out of these when I tried them except a lets-try-it-once easy candy. But it tasted just fab! The chocolate was just sweet enough, the biscuits were crisp , the nuts crunchy and the cranberries tart ! Its like a cross between the richness of a truffle, the ease of a chocolate fudge and textures of a no bake cookie. We just kept having slices each time we passed by the refrigerator . Nom Nom Nom!