Chocolate Salami. Say it with me, Chocolate. Salami. If your mouth is not watering you either really hate chocolate or you don’t like salami.
At first I thought “Wow! Chocolate and salami! Well, if they can do bacon and chocolate, why not salami? What? It is a rolled chocolate log full of going stale bits of sweet yumminess put together to look like salami?!? Even better! Point me the way!!!”
Such was my internal dialogue when I found this Chocolate Salami over at Wild Yeast. Well that and Eureka! Something to do with leftover Christmas cookies!
Other than being patient while the chocolate cooled down and firmed up enough to roll (which Sandra, of Le Petrin, seemed to think it would cool too fast which was very much not my experience–not sure if I did something wrong or maybe, as Susan at Wild Yeast noticed, the Google translator was having a rough day), this was SO EASY. And the final result is SO IMPRESSIVE. Is my enthusiasm for this treat coming through yet?
Found at Wild Yeast, Adapted from Le Petrin
- 200 g bittersweet chocolate, chopped (preferably 70% cacao) (I used Scharffenberger)
- 100 g unsalted butter, in 6 or so pieces
- 2 large egg yolks
- 2 T liquor of choice (I used Starbucks coffee liquor)
- 2 pinches of chile powder/flakes of choice (I used Turkish Maresh flakes, smoky sweet but not too hot)
- 40 g nuts of choice–I used hazelnuts
- 60 g broken up cookies of choice, the lighter they are the more they will mimic the fat in salami–I used traditional Scottish shortbread and chocolate wafers (the second storebought, I confess)–the next time I will use all lighter cookies as the chocolate did not show up as well
- 1 T unsweetened cocoa powder, good quality (I used Scharffenberger)
- 1 T granulated sugar, the finer the better
- 1 t coarse sea salt of choice, good quality (I used coarse French grey sea salt)
- confectioner’s sugar for rolling
Place the butter and chocolate in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments at 50% powder until you can stir the mixture smooth. Be careful not to incorporate any air. Whisk together (gently) the egg yolks, chile pepper and liquor. When the chocolate is melted and smooth, whisk in the egg yolk mixture. Then whisk in the cocoa powder and sugar. Stir in the cookies and nuts. When the mixture is cooled but still mixable, stir in the salt (so as to prevent the salt from dissolving much).
I highly encourage you to head over to Le Petrin to watch her video of how the roll is put together. What I did was to wait (what felt like quite a while) for the chocolate mixture to firm up enough to hold some shape. Then I made a vertical slit in a paper towel ring (the cardboard that hold the towels on and is left when the towels are gone–I save them for just this reason). Place plastic wrap on a clean workspace. Working quickly, scrape the chocolate mixture into a log-shaped roll on the wrap, quickly shaping with your hands to be more log-like. Don’t be too fussy Then wrap it with plastic wrap so that is forms a bulky roll–place that roll inside of the paper towel ring, forcing the roll to become perfectly (or nearly so) circular. This last step will be easier with a second person helping–my husband held the paper towel ring open while I placed the chocolate roll inside it. Wrap this in foil and place in the fridge to chill until hard enough to slice.
When it is firm enough, first un-roll it and roll the whole thing in confectioner’s sugar. This keeps it from becoming sticky and beautifully mimics Old World salami. Thinly slice to serve.
I was TOTALLY with you for the "Chocolate and Salami" conversation. Yes. The recipe still sounds good, but the whole "spicy-salty-sweet" thing sounded amazing…
I'm totally addicted to chocolate and your sweet salami is one of my childhood's recipe when my grandma used to prepare it for the tea time!!!
Chocolate Salami?! drools* Thanks for posting..I can't wait to try!
What a fun recipe! I will definitely be giving this a try.
How fun! Too bad that I just threw away all of the Christmas cookies that were still sitting around…
Kitchen Monki Dan says
Very interesting! Looks delicious, sure beats REAL salami these days 😉
ah, yes, this is most definitely my salami of choice. lovely rolls of sweet stuff, laura!
Just browsing Love chocolate! Never heard of this! Sounds and looks so yummy! Lezlee
Ooh that looks interesting. I will have to save it to my recipe box! Yum!
Very cool. Such an awesome tasty idea!
Who in their right minds wouldn't fall for salami-shaped Chocolate??!!! I mean the madness of rejecting it is incomprehensible to one such as I (Eeks, I sound like a fuddy-duddy Victorian). Luv it!!! YIPPEEE **singing** "Chocolate salami, chocolate & salami, salamiiiiii…"
Carol Egbert says
It would be fun to try to create a sweet ginger "mustard" to spread on the salami.
Tangled Noodle says
I love this!! It really looks like a dark salami – take it further and make a salami sandwich with cookies or even a dessert pizza w/choc salami slices. I'm so bookmarking this!
I am soo goin gto try this! I bet it woudl be good with Rice Crispies in it too!
Wow…very interesting! Looks delicious too!
congrats on your top 9 on food buzz, and the salami looks great, we make it at home all the time using the little animal crackers, with almonds, It's the best snack, goes perfectly with tea. I personally love it.
cool idea – really cool!
I love this dessert. I am Russian and this is one of the Russia's popular desserts, so I make it all the time. I have a bit of a different recipe though, still it's so delicious!
What an excellent idea. Now you just need to find a similar recipe for leftover or unwanted fruit cake.
Pink Panda says
This is creativity at its best. Looks ALOT better than regular salami.
Susan/Wild Yeast says
Beautiful! I love the addition of the salt. This recipe is great because you can put just about anything you like into it — wonderful for using up those small bits of nuts, and dried fruit would be good too.
buy r4i says
This is so sweet. It tastes just the way chocolate tastes. I am going to give it a try this weekend.
That's awesome. I'm not a fan of chocolate but that is serious cool!
The Butcher's Girlfriend says
I received one of these as a gift this Christmas, and it was wrapped with twine and parchement paper. It took me a few seconds to realize it wasn't meat!
Yours is amazing! Looks delicious!
Laura, you save the paper towel rolls just for this use? Please explain, madam.
Amy: to make anything that is slice rolled and sliced (log cookies, chocolate salami) nicely cylindrical. When I roll the dough it is always slightly boxy–the paper towel rolls makes it circular.
Oh, I thought you meant just for chocolate salamis, but you had only just heard of them so I was wondering how you had become such a prophet… I suppose I am the lazy sort of cook who never chops things very tiny or bothers with exact shaping, so I didn't even think about there being other recipes in this shape too!
Amy: until I had a blog I did not either. But when you're gonna photograph it and show it to the world, well….
Wow. This looks amazingly similar to "mozaikli pasta" from Turkey (mosaic cake). Very cool!
Diary of a Smart Black Woman says
Wow, this looks really outstanding1