by Feli Chic'Cuisine
The beauty of chocolate salami lies in its simplicity. It requires no baking and can be made with just a few basic ingredients. It is also versatile, allowing for customization with different types of biscuits or cookies, nuts, or dried fruits to suit individual tastes. This dessert is not only ideal for wowing your family and guests, but they would never suspect that it is entirely free from dairy and eggs, and can even be made gluten-free.
Chocolate salami is a unique and delicious dessert that is a popular treat in many countries around the world, especially in Europe. It is a fun and easy dessert to make, and its appearance resembles that of a salami, making it a perfect conversation starter at any gathering.
The dessert is made by mixing crushed biscuits or cookies, cocoa powder, butter, sugar, and sometimes nuts or dried fruits. The mixture is then shaped into a log, resembling a salami, and chilled until firm. When sliced, it has the texture and appearance of sausage meat, but with a rich, chocolaty flavor that is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.
What is Salami Biscuit?
The history of chocolate salami is believed to have originated in Italy, where it is known as Salame di Cioccolato. The dessert is said to have been created as a way to use up leftover biscuits or cookies, and it quickly became a popular treat in many European countries.
In Portugal, chocolate sausage is known as Salame de Chocolate and is a traditional dessert served during the Christmas season. The recipe for Salame de Chocolate typically includes cocoa powder, butter, sugar, and biscuits, but some versions also include nuts, dried fruits, or even a splash of liquor for added flavor.
Chocolate salami also gained popularity in Eastern Europe, particularly in Romania, where it is known as Salam de biscuiti. It is a popular dessert among children and adults alike and is often made with simple ingredients that are readily available in most households.
Today, chocolate sausage or chocolate salami is enjoyed in many countries around the world, with variations of the recipe often including local ingredients and flavors. It has become a beloved treat that is easy to make and perfect for special occasions or as an everyday dessert.
What type of biscuits?
I used vegan tea biscuits, sweetened and vanilla-flavored with a slightly grainy texture, but you can use other dairy free biscuits - vegan graham crackers - or any other plain biscuits like Leibniz Keks or Petit-Beurre - if you want to transform the recipe in a non-vegan one.
Dried fruits and nuts
By varying the fruit and nuts in this recipe, you can customize it to your liking.For a very festive red and green combination, use cranberries and pistachios.Any combination will work, from almonds and raisins to coconut and cherries.
Prepare the salami biscuit
How to roll
Prepare the chocolate glaze
Prep. Time: 15 min
Chilling Time: 1 h -2 h
Makes: 2 chocolate salami
500 g vegan biscuits (Essential Custard Creams)
100 g ground roasted walnuts
For the chocolate sauce
200 ml almond milk
100 g sugar
200 g vegan/plant based butter (margarine)
60 g cocoa powder, unsweetened
50 g candied orange peel (or other dried fruits - cranberries, cherries, raisins...)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp rhum extract
For the chocolate glaze
4 Tbsp powdered sugar, sifted
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 -3 Tbsp hot water
finely ground coconut
ground roasted walnuts
1. In a large bowl, with your hands, crumble up the biscuits. Pieces should be 1 cm to 1/2 cm in size, but not so small that they turn to breadcrumbs. Add the ground roasted nuts and set aside.
Prepare the chocolate sauce
2. In a small pot, place the milk and sugar and bring to a boil, stirring from time to time, until the sugar is dissolved. Add the dried fruits and butter; stir until butter melted.
3. Remove from the heat, add the cocoa, vanilla extract, and rum extract, and stir well. Using a spatula, mix the cocoa mixture into the biscuit pieces and ground nuts until they are well coated.
Form the salami biscuit
4. To form a salami, cut a piece of baking paper 20-25 cm wide, then spoon half of the mixture onto the center and shape it with a spatula. Roll the mixture into the baking paper by folding up the bottom edge. With your hands, gently press the surface to get a smooth and round salami shape. Twist the paper ends together at each end.
5. Chill the chocolate salami in the fridge for at least 1 hour or until fully set.
Prepare the chocolate glaze
6. In a small bowl, add the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, oil, vanilla extract and hot water; stir well. Spread over salami biscuit cake. Sprinkle with ground coconut or ground nuts, slice and serve.
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