Weekend Cooking: Chocolate Salami – Quick & Easy Chocolate Dessert

What is Chocolate salami?  

Chocolate salami is a chocolate dessert originating in Italian and Portuguese Roman Cuisine. There is also a Russian version which is quite similar. It contains no meat but, instead, is a chocolate-based dessert that is rolled into a cylinder-like meat salami and served sliced into discs. 

What is Chocolate salami made of?  

Chocolate salami is primarily made of biscuits and chocolate or cocoa. The rest of the ingredients are very flexible and the recipe lends itself very well to variations and personalisation. It can contain butter, sugar, eggs, nuts, rum or chocolate liqueur and any other variations that strike your fancy. To make it fancier, you can roll it in some powdered sugar or roughly ground nuts.  

What can I substitute the eggs with?  

If you would like to make an eggless version, you can swap out the egg whites for a splash of milk or a few tablespoons of canned condensed milk. The whipped egg whites in this recipe add a lightness whereas the condensed milk will add a little richness to the recipe.  

Cocoa powder or melted chocolate, what works better?  

Good quality cocoa powder has a more concentrated chocolate flavour but it is a dry ingredient. Melted chocolate, on the other hand, may have a less concentrated flavour depending on how dark or milky the chocolate is but is a more moist ingredient and can add silkiness to the mix. This recipe, however, has enough butter to make up for the dryness of cocoa and so the short answer is that both work well. The final decision may be up to availability and personal preference. You could even try a version with half cocoa and half melted chocolate for the best of both worlds.  
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Now that you know everything you need to, let’s dive deep into the recipe and help you make a few logs of the chocolate salami this weekend.  

How to make chocolate salami | Step-by-Step Recipe for Chocolate Salami 

First, crush the biscuits by hand, in a plastic bag with a rolling pin or in a blender depending on how fine or chunky you would like them. You could even powder most of the biscuits and hand-crush a few for texture. Transfer to a mixing bowl. 

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Mix in the sugar and cocoa until well combined.  


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Add in the melted butter and stir. If you are using melted chocolate, then add it at this point. 


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Whip the egg whites and fold them into the mixture. At this point, you may want to get in there with your hands to make it easier. You can add a splash of cold milk if the mixture seems too dry.  


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Divide the mixture into two parts and scoop onto 2 pieces of parchment paper or butter paper.  


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Shape into logs, roll up the paper like a long toffee and freeze for 2-3 hours.


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Slice and serve.  


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These can be kept in the freezer for 3-4 weeks and pulled out whenever you crave a few slices. The only problem with this recipe is that if you have 2 logs in your freezer, just waiting to be sliced and eaten, we guarantee that they won’t last that long! 

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Try this chocolate salami recipe this weekend and tell us what you think in the comments.  

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