Summer’s here, it’s hot, no one can be bothered to do anything. If, however, you have to make a cake, here is the recipe for an Italian (but not only Italian) cake that doesn’t require cooking, it’s super easy to make and very pretty to look at: the chocolate salami.
WARNING: this is a cake. It has nothing to do with real salami, it’s just named after it because of the shape.
Difficulty: very low
Preparation: 30 minutes + 3 hours resting time
Ingredients for 8 people:
- 300 g biscuits (the most suitable are light biscuits, because the recipe is already very rich)
- 150 g butter (it must be super fresh, because the taste of the cake depends greatly on the quality of the butter)
- 200 g dark chocolate (DO NOT use cocoa powder)
- 2 eggs
- Baking paper and aluminium foil
- 2 tablespoons rum
- Icing sugar
First of all, let the butter soften up by leaving it out of the fridge, and meanwhile crumble the biscuits in a large bowl. Then melt the chocolate in a double boiler while stirring it with a spoon, until it becomes creamy (not too liquid). Now let the melted chocolate cool down.
Chop the softened butter and place it in a bowl. With a spatula, mix the softened butter with the sugar. Add the eggs and continue to mix with the spatula. Finally add the melted chocolate (which should be cool by now), add the rum (if you want) and stir everything well.
Now pour this mixture into the bowl where the crumbled biscuits are. With the spatula, mix well everything so that the cookies are distributed evenly. The salami dough is ready now, you just need to shape it.
Take a sheet of parchment paper (baking paper) and spread the dough in the centre of the sheet, forming a strip about 20-30 cm long, about 4 cm high and 10 cm wide. To shape it like a salami, wrap it in the parchment paper and press the dough well to give it a cylindrical shape. Close the sheet of parchment paper by rolling up the ends and wrap everything in a sheet of aluminium foil. Then put the wrapped cake in the fridge to rest for at least 2-3 hours. The chocolate salami must harden, because you’ll have to serve it cut into slices, just like a salami.
If you really want to impress your guests, you can sprinkle the salami with icing sugar (once it is hard) and serve it on a cutting board, so that it looks like a real salami. Enjoy!