Chocolate Salami, or salame al cioccolato in italian, doesn't sound too appetizing does it? Trust me, you are gonna fall in love with this recipe, especially if you crave chocolate.
|Sliced chocolate salami & ready to devour|
Oh, and don't worry, there's no salami in sight except for the appearance before slicing up, which is where the unusual name comes from. Interested now? Then read on......
This is an occasional treat and definitely not for those on diets, but then again!
Wrap and tie with string to give as a food gift as per photo above (courtesy of gracessweetlife blog). But only if you really feel too guilty to eat it yourself.
Chocolate Salami (Salame al cioccolate) Serves 6-8
50g split blanched almonds
20 petit rich tea biscuits
225g 70% chocolate, broken into small pieces
175g unsalted butter, cubed
3 tbsp ameretto liqueur or brandy
1 egg yolk
25g ground almonds
Spread blanched almonds evenly in a dry pan and toast, be careful not to burn. Set aside and leave to cool.
Transfer to a grinder and grind until fine.
Place biscuits into a freezer bag and pound with meat tenderiser or rolling pin until resembling bread crumbs, leaving a few larger pieces too.
Remove a handful of crushed biscuits and mix with the 25g separate ground almonds.
Put chocolate pieces, butter and alcohol into a glass bowl. Place bowl over a pan of simmering water and melt gently, stirring occasionally to combine. Remove from heat and stir in the toasted nuts, crushed biscuits and the egg yolk.
Leave in a cool place for 1 hour to firm up.
Lay out a long piece of foil and place a sheet of non stick paper on top. Tip chocolate mixture into the middle of the non stick paper. Using 2 palette knives, shape into a salami, approx 9" long. Wrap tightly in the non stick and foil. Place in the freezer for up to 4 hours until set solid.
Just before serving. Unwrap sprinkle with the remaining nuts and biscuits and roll to cover completely.
Slice and enjoy.