I first came across chocolate salami at my Grandad’s 90th birthday party of all places! For once I wasn’t doing the catering, so got to sample the lovely grub created by the son of a friend and one of the things he made was this. I think I polished most of it off myself!
Despite the name it contains no meat and needs minimal cooking. It is simple, Christmassy and makes an unusual accompaniment to coffee at the end of a meal.
The sweet creation is traditional in Italy and Portugal and it also made an interesting talking point for all the ‘oldies’ at Grandad’s party. I overheard one lady say “I don’t usually like salami, but this was very nice”
80g unsalted butter
200g bitter chocolate 70%
100g icing sugar
200g digestive biscuits
80g flaked almonds
80g dried cranberries
2 egg yolks
2ml vanilla essence
80g Condensed milk
Pinch of salt
Cocoa powder for coating
Crush the Biscuits into small pieces, but not crumbs. Mix with the almonds, cranberries and pistachios and sprinkle half of the port over the mixture, set aside.
Melt chocolate and butter in a metal bowl, placed over a pot of simmering water. Once melted add the icing sugar, salt, egg yolks, the rest of the port, vanilla and condensed milk, mix well and continue to cook over the bain-marie for a further 4 minutes to cook the eggs, stirring regularly.
Remove from the heat and stir in the biscuit mixture mixing well. Leave the mixture to cool for about 10 – 15 minutes, this will make it easier to shape as it will thicken and set. Shape it into a salami shape roll between a double layer of cling film. Put into the fridge to set overnight. Remove the cling film and roll the salami in cocoa powder. Wrap ready for serving in a sheet of greaseproof paper and tie the ends with string, just as a salami would be wrapped. Serve with good strong coffee by cutting on the diagonal.
Not all recipes use nuts and fruit, but i really liked this one and it gave it that Christmassy feel with the addition of cranberries.