Foodie gifts ought to be easy and fun to make. This chocolate salami is the perfect example. Get the kids involved in making this super sweet treat, the perfect wee foodie gift for Christmas!
Okay gang, here is a no-bake baking recipe that makes the most amazing choccy gift for folks at Christmas time.
Let’s face it, most of us love chocolate and Christmas wouldn’t be the same without it.
So try my chocolate salami for a choccy treat that is a wee bit different.
Traditional salami di cioccolato
Hailing from Italy, just like normal salami, salami di cioccolato (chocolate salami) is a sweet chocolate treat made to look like traditional salami both inside and out.
In Italy this sweet treat is traditionally made using eggs, biscuits, chocolate, butter and sugar. With or without the addition of booze.
My version is egg free!
Biscuits – I’ve used a my homemade gingernut biscuits. However you can use any biscuits you like; graham crackers/digestive biscuits or shortbread.
Chocolate (I used a mixture of dark chocolate and milk chocolate)
Chilli flakes (optional but does give a nice kick of flavour)
Mixed dried fruit
Flaked almonds (or use whatever nuts you have on hand)
Icing sugar to dust the finished chocolate salami
Whisky (purely optional, you could use any hooch you like or leave it out entirely)
How to make chocolate salami
All you have to do to make this simple chocolate salami is to melt the chocolate in a bain-marie. This is a bowl set over a pan of hot water, make sure the bubbling water does not touch the base of the bowl. Or use a microwave if you have one.
Then add the butter and stir till all mixed and melted nicely. Take the bowl off the pan and then mix in your other ingredients and stir well.
Set aside in the fridge for two hours to set up.
Bring it out and roll into large salami sausage shapes and wrap tightly in cling film twisting the ends.
Pop these in the fridge overnight to set completely.
Remove cling film and roll in icing sugar to get that authentic salami look.
Wrap in baking parchment and tie each end with bakers twine.
How long does chocolate salami keep
This will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Can you freeze it? Yes indeed, wrap well and pop it in the freezer for up to 3 months.
How to serve chocolate salami
It is really just the richest of truffle thingies all rolled up like salami for you to cut into nice little rings and guzzle with a nice cuppa.
Having said that it does go rather well with a nice big glass of red wine.
You can also slice this chocolate salami very thinly (use a hot knife) and pop a slice on top of ice-cream to liven up a simple dessert.
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Chocolate Salami/salami di cioccolato
- 200 g/7oz of a mixture of milk and plain chocolate
- 125 g/4oz unsalted butter
- 100 g/3 1/2oz 10 biscuits GingerNut biscuits - you can use any biscuit here but I like the spiciness of Ginger Nuts
- 100 g/3 1/2oz mixed dried fruit
- 2 tablespoons flaked almonds
- 1/2 teaspoon dried chili flakes optional but fab
- 1 tbsp whisky or other booze (optional)
- Icing sugar to dust
- Use the double boiler method (bowl over pan of bubbling water) to melt the chocolate and butter. This works quicker if you chop both up first into small pieces.
- While this is melting put the biscuits in a plastic bag and bash with a rolling pin. This is far more satisfying than using a food processor and give you nice little chunks which is what you want here.
- Once the chocolate and butter have melted and you've stirred them together, take the bowl off the heat and tip in the crushed biscuits, dried fruit, flaked almonds, chilli and booze if using.
- Put the bowl in the fridge to chill for 2 hours and then scoop it out and put half the mixture on some clingfilm and roll into salami shape. Roll in the cling film and twist both ends so it is really tight. Do the same with the rest of the mixture in another salami roll shape.
- Chill in the fridge overnight to set completely.
- Unroll the clingfilm and rub icing sugar all over the salami to look like the real thing and then wrap in baking parchment and tie either end with string.
- This will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and the freezer for 3 months.