Chocolate salami is a Portuguese and Italian dessert made from dark chocolate, broken cookies, butter, eggs and a bit of port wine or rum. The dessert became popular across Europe and elsewhere, often losing alcohol as an ingredient along the way.
Rest assured, we did NOT lose the alcohol along the way in this little creation.
Portuguese Chocolate Salami
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 large plain biscotti, coarsely crushed
6 Tbs. butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, room temperature
12 oz. high quality, semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup brewed coffee
1 tsp. grated orange zest (about 1/2 medium orange)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spread the almonds, walnuts and crushed biscotti in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake until the nuts are lightly toasted, 6 to 8 minutes. Cool completely.
Put the butter and chocolate in a heatproof medium bowl and place the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth, about 6 minutes. Stir in the coffee until smooth. Add the almonds, walnuts, biscotti pieces and orange zest, and stir until combined. Cover the bowl and refrigerate until firm but moldable, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Divide the chocolate mixture in half. Place half of the mixture in the center of a long piece of plastic wrap. Using a spatula, form the mixture into a log. Roll up the log in the plastic and twist the ends to seal. Roll back and forth on a work surface a few times to make the log evenly round. Repeat with the remaining chocolate mixture. Refrigerate the logs until firm, about 1 hour.
Spread the powdered sugar on a dinner plate. Remove the plastic wrap from the logs, then roll them in the sugar until coated. Brush away the excess sugar. Let the logs sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.
Using a sharp serrated knife, cut the logs into 1/2-inch-thick slices and serve.
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