Chocolate salami – now that’s an odd name for a delicious dessert.
But that’s exactly what it is. What looks like a log of meat salami is actually a really yummy no bake chocolate dessert. And it’s SO easy to make.
I love no bake desserts like this one for their simplicity and fabulous taste. In just a few minutes you’ve made something really special, both in looks and taste.
Apparently this chocolate treat originates from Italy, although it can be called Turkish salami or Viking salami depending on where you are. It really does resemble a log of Italian salami, complete with it’s white coating. This time the white coating is made from icing sugar and the meat salami – crushed cookies and chocolate.
Now how yummy does that sound?
This is such an easy holiday dessert recipe and one that can be made ahead and stored either in the refrigerator or the freezer and brought out when you need it. That’s perfect any time, but particularly during the busy holiday season. Holiday desserts that are on hand, ready to serve any time you need them are always a treat.
This easy dessert recipe is perfect served on it’s own as a snack or dessert with a cup of coffee or tea. It also makes a great addition to any dessert tray or dessert table.
Dessert plates always look nicest when you have a variety of shapes and colors on the plate and this is a great addition.
The chocolate salami slices are flat and round and studded with bits of nuts and crushed biscuits, then surrounded with a coating of white icing sugar, so it looks quite a bit like a real Italian salami. The salami slices look great on a platter with other cookies and squares.
How to Make a Chocolate Salami
You can see from the full recipe below that there aren’t that many ingredients in this fantastic easy holiday dessert.
One of the most important ingredients is the cookie biscuits. The recipe is really best when it is made with a plain biscuit type cookie. Tea biscuit cookies are perfect or other similar pressed cookies (arrowroot type cookies).
The cookies get smashed into tiny pieces so there are no big bites of plain cookie when you eat the salami slice. So no big chunks of cookie.
On the other hand, you don’t want the cookies totally crushed into crumbs either. You can see from the picture that there are some crumbs in the cookies, but also small pieces studded throughout.
The recipe also calls for nuts, although they can certainly be left out if someone has an allergy or doesn’t like them.
The first time I ate chocolate salami it was made with walnuts and it was really delicious. I like the idea of the pistachios too because they’ll add nice little bits of green to the slices. Whatever nut is your favorite use it and it will taste delicious.
The recipe also calls for raisins, but again they can be left out if you really don’t like them. They can also be replaced with dried currants which would be equally good.
You can see below that I have also given you a few suggestions for other additions to the chocolate log that would add color and different textures to the original log recipe. Try chopped glace cherries (liquid patted off), candied citrus peel or things like chopped Turkish delight or jujubes.
This is what the original recipe looks like when it’s done:
How to Store Chocolate Salami?
Your chocolate salami recipe can be stored for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Refrigerate it as a whole log, not sliced. Slicing it before you store it will make the dessert dry up much more quickly. Make sure it is well wrapped in plastic wrap.
Bring the chocolate salami log to room temperature to slice and eat it or eat it cold from the refrigerator. I love it either way, but cold is different and a nice treat.
Can you freeze Chocolate Salami?
Yes you can! This is a no bake dessert recipe that freezes really well. Just make sure to wrap it completely and tightly in plastic wrap. Then wrap it once more with foil to keep it well protected.
You can keep the log frozen for up to 1 month.
If you are going to freeze chocolate salami before eating it, it’s best to dust it with the powdered sugar after it is thawed and ready to serve.
- 2 cups plain cookies, (tea biscuit type cookies, Arrowroot, Maria biscuits etc.)
- 1/2 cup pistachios or walnuts, chopped finely, or walnuts, chopped finely
- 1 cup milk, (or just under)
- 1 1/4 cups butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar, approximately, to roll the salami in
- The first thing to do is get your butter out so it is at room temperature when you use it.
- When the butter is at room temperature, cream it together with the sugar until it is light and fluffy. I do this with an electric mixer, but you can do it by hand too.
- Mix in the cocoa powder. Then, add in the milk and stir to incorporate.
- Mix together the biscuits, nuts and raisins. Add this mixture to the milk and egg mixture. Stir to combine everything well.
- Roll the dough into a log shape and roll the log into powdered sugar.
- Wrap the log well with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours before serving.
- Makes 1 large log or 2 smaller ones. The large log gives you about 24 slices, depending on how thick you slice it.
If you want even more flavor and great color in your chocolate salami, try adding one of these options. Add them at the time you are adding the raisins. 1 cup chopped candied cherries 1 cup candied citrus peel 1 cup finely chopped Turkish delight or gummies This recipe can be made gluten free by using gluten free cookies.
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