Chocolate salami or Salame di cioccolato

Chocolate salami  (Salame di cioccolato, salame turco or salame vichingo) is a dessert very popular in Italy.  It is a lovely pudding you can also find in trattorias: you wil find it in those rural “trattorias” you can find along the Po river at the border between Lombardy and Emilia Romagna regions of Italy. It’s a really a rustic dessert, and it is a part of the “cucina Povera” made of “poor” ingredients but really yummy and very good and tasty! Here the ingredients:

300 g (11 oz) Rich tea biscuits or Digestive kind of biscuits
150 g (5 oz) Butter (unsalted)
100 g (4 oz) Dark chocolate
100 g (4 oz) Sugar
2 Eggs
30 ml (1 fl oz) Dark rum

How to make it? Cut the butter into pieces and let it warm to room temperature, while breaking the chocolate bar into pieces. Put them into a small bowl and melt the chocolate very slowly. When the chocolate is completely melted, set the bowl aside and let the chocolate cool a little. Put the biscuits into a large bowl and break the biscuits using the back of a spoon, making them into crumbs.

As the butter is soft, work it with a whisk and then start adding the ingredients: first the sugar, then the eggs, the melted chocolate, the rum and  the biscuit crumbs.

The result? A lovely chocolate dough that will turn in the shape of a salami. Put the chocolate salami onto a layer of cling film and then wrap it with the film.

Put the chocolate salami in the fridge for a couple of hours, after the cooling time slice the chocolate salami and serve it with coffee or tea.

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