Recipe: Chocolate “Salami”


Chocolate Salami
Chocolate ‘salami’ rolls are a traditional dessert popular in Portugal and Italy around the holidays. Using a high quality chocolate will produce a decadent nut studded roll that has the resemblance of meat salami when sliced. When stored refrigerated it will keep for several weeks ready to serve as needed making it very handy to have on hand for entertaining.

3½ cups good quality dark chocolate, chopped
12   amaretti cookies, coarsely chopped
4    egg yolks                              
4    Tbsp. unsalted butter
¼   cup sweetened condensed milk
1    cup toasted crushed hazelnuts
1    tsp vanilla
½   tsp salt
4    Tbsp. brandy or bourbon
powdered sugar for garnish

Add the cookies into large bowl and sprinkle with ½ of the brandy (or bourbon), set aside. 

Melt chocolate in microwave or double boiler and cool till just warm to the touch. 

When chocolate has melted, add butter, sweetened condensed milk, and egg yolks, and stir well to incorporate. Mixture will start to thicken into a dough like consistency and pull away from bowl. Add chocolate mixture to broken cookies. 

Add vanilla, salt, rest of the brandy and ½ of almonds, mix well until incorporated. 

Shaping the Salami:

Lay out a long sheet of wax paper (about 30 inches) 

Roll the mixture onto the wax paper and shape into a salami shape length wise to the paper to about 3-4 inches in diameter. 

Sprinkle remaining almonds around salami and spread out as evenly as possible. 

Bring salami to one side of paper and start to roll paper around log gently but firmly, once completely rolled, twist ends and refrigerate flat on a large cookie sheet for at least 2 hours. 

To serve, bring to room temperature for about 20 minutes and sprinkle the roll with powdered sugar before cutting and serving.

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