This Italian chocolate salami is a very easy and quick eggless dessert, which is prepared from “improvised materials”. Chocolate, shortbread cookies, nuts, butter, powdered sugar, and a delicious dessert is ready. It means that your good mood is guaranteed for the whole day!
A slice of chocolate salami
Would you like to have a slice of salami for dessert? I would love to! And not just one slice, one would not be enough for me, it’s better to have three slices, or four. Of course, I’m not talking about Italian meat salami, but a chocolate one. Yes, I mean exactly that biscuit salami from our childhood. The recipe for this sweet was certainly in the cookbook of every mother and grandmother.
Someone doesn’t like cakes with buttercream, others don’t love apple pies, some people will refuse sweet yeast buns… but everyone loves chocolate salami. Well, if not all, then at least most of the population of our planet does. And among children, this is generally a ” hit ” of any season.
As a child, I loved to cook with my grandmother (to be honest, my grandmother cooked, and I helped and interfered at the same time), I obediently mixed various creams (I had to dip my finger into them and lick it quickly, before my grandmother saw it), mashed potatoes with a potato masher, cut out cookies with molds, made pierogi. But when my grandmother uttered the magic phrase “let’s make a chocolate salami?” an invisible force led me to the kitchen twice as fast, I put on my mother’s red apron with daisies, washed my hands and began to break cookies into small pieces. Grandma took the chocolate out of the closet and the whole apartment was filled with the hormone of happiness! A sense of joy and the good mood was added to it. Grandma was peeling nuts, I mixed everything and shaped the mixture into a log. And then there was the most difficult moment – I had to be patient and wait for the chocolate salami to get firm in the fridge… and then, for some reason, the minutes dragged on so slowly, and I opened the fridge a hundred times to check if the dessert had already hardened … and then we prepared a fragrant tea with raspberries and finally it was time to slice the chocolate salami and enjoy it!
Every country has its own chocolate salami recipe
I always thought that chocolate salami was a purely Soviet invention, in those days women were able to cook so many masterpieces out of almost nothing. But, it turns out, everything is not like that at all. Chocolate salami occupies a place of honor in both Italian and Portuguese traditional cuisine! This uncomplicated and at first glance simple dessert is actually not as banal as it might seem. For example, in Portugal wine is added to a chocolate salami – and it immediately turns into a dessert for real gourmets! And in Italy, this sweet is often enriched with candied or dried fruit – and the dessert acquires a new taste.
Chocolate salami is extremely easy to prepare, and in the summer heat, when turning on the oven and baking something in it is like jumping right into the fire, a chocolate salami is generally the perfect solution. Don’t be afraid to experiment with ingredients: do you like candied fruits? Add them as well. If you want to add an interesting flavor, grate the orange zest, it is delicious in combination with chocolate. For a more expressive and “adult” taste, add a few spoons of rum or cognac – it will turn out truly luxurious.
I wish you a delicious and sweet mood, and let the hormone of happiness accompany you all day!
My favorite chocolate salami recipe is eggless (I don’t really like raw eggs in sweets and only add them to desserts in extreme cases).
Ingredients for Italian chocolate salami with hazelnuts:
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- butter at room temperature
- powdered sugar
- bitter chocolate
- shortbread cookies (any kind will do – tea cookies, graham crackers etc.)
- hazelnuts (you can replace them with other nuts to your taste – it will be delicious with walnuts, pistachios or almonds too)
How to make this chocolate biscuit salami
Break the cookies into small pieces
Mix the butter with powdered sugar (you can beat it with a mixer, but it’s not necessary at all)
Melt the chocolate in a microwave or a double boiler and add it to the butter with icing sugar
Add hazelnuts (whole) and the crushed cookies
Mix and put on parchment paper, shape it into a log (it’s okay if you can’t immediately form an even oblong salami because the mass will be quite sticky)
Roll up the paper and wrap it. Adjust it well along the length (now it will be much easier to do it)
Place the chocolate salami in the fridge for at least 4 hours. Bon appetit!
How long does chocolate salami last?
- Because this chocolate salami recipe is eggless, it can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week (wrap it well and place it in a plastic bag).
- This biscuit salami can be also frozen for 1 month (defrost it in the fridge when needed)
Italian chocolate salami recipe (eggless)
- 5 oz (150g) butter at room temperature
- ¼ cup + 3Tbsp (60g) icing sugar
- 9 oz (250g) bitter chocolate
- 5 oz (150g) shortbread cookies (any kind will do)
- 2 oz (50g) hazelnuts (you can replace them with other nuts to your taste – it will be delicious with walnuts, pistachios or almonds too)
- Break the cookies into small pieces
- Mix the butter with icing sugar (you can beat it with a mixer, but it’s not necessary at all)
- Melt the chocolate in a microwave or a double boiler and add it to the butter with icing sugar
- Add hazelnuts (whole) and the crushed cookies
- Mix and put on parchment paper, shape it into a log (it’s okay if you can’t immediately form an even oblong salami because the mass will be quite sticky)
- Roll up the paper and wrap it. Adjust it well along the length (now it will be much easier to do it)
- Place the chocolate salami in the fridge for at least 4 hours. Bon appetit!
- Roll the log in some powdered sugar (after it is refridgerated). It will look like a real salami.