21 December 2009

Have a Merry Christmas with One Last Special Treat Just for You!!!!

Merry Christmas, Happy Christmas, Joyeux Noel, Feliz Navidad

I have had my eye on a special decadent treat for you for the holidays for months now.

Chocolate Salami

A recipe for Chocolate Salami

I wanted to make one last special treat for you and this was it!!! How many treats can people eat after a belt-loosening dinner anyways. One thing about having all your baking and gift wrapping done early...you are always tempted to find just one more thing that a loved one would just swoon over or bake just one last cookie. The original recipe for chocolate salami called for tempering eggs and a myriad of other techniques that might be doomed to failure until I saw this version of Chocolate Salami over at another fellow Canadian blog Dinner with Julie and also a similar version on About.com. It is simple to duplicate and I even added a tablespoon of British Columbia Ice-Wine as an added bonus. It reminds me of one of my favourite chocolate bars Fruit and Nut from Cadbury and makes a great conversation piece on the holiday platter.

Kala Christougena, Frohliche Weihnachten, Buon Natale

Chocolate salami is a traditional Portuguese dessert made from dark chocolate, broken cookies, butter, and eggs. I didn't know this until after I had made this special treat for you. It is more of a candy than a cookie, but no matter what it is pure heaven!!! How appropriate that I will have my future in-laws who are all Portuguese at my home for Christmas Eve!!! Chocolate salami has the same cylindrical shape as a salami, but is not a meat product. It is served as sliced cross-sections, the dark brown of the chocolate substituting for the red meat, and the broken bits of cookies substituting for the fat of the salami.

And then there's the valley's most celebrated offering...eiswein or ice wine. Invented in Germany in 1794, this intense, gorgeous nectar is made by leaving grapes on the vine through a frost, after which they are promptly picked and pressed. Water, in the form of ice granules, stays in the press and what goes into the fermenter is the sweet essence of grape. Among the dozens of types of dessert wines in the world, my absolute favorite is ice wine. The world's leading producer of ice wine is Canada, followed by Germany and then Austria. Because of the concentrated taste, ice wine is one of the most elegant and refined dessert wines. I often fill a Bernard Callebaut chocolate cup with ice wine and dessert is simple and delicious. Because the wine is so intense, a typical serving is just one ounce. Its opulent flavours are balanced by crisp acidity. Imagine a kaleidoscope of peaches, nectarines, apricots, and honey. You'll probably pay more than $50 for a tall, skinny bottle of ice wine, but just about every Okanagan winery makes its own signature variety. Optimal weather conditions can never be assured, so true ice wine is a real treat. Last week we had some chilling weather so they have already harvested their grapes and this years ice wines have already been produced.

Shub Naya Baras, Selamat Hari Krimas, Geseënde Kersfees

 I used ice wine but you could use any liqueur of your choice such as Frangelico or Grand Marnier...even rum. Since this is a Portuguese treat it would be perfect with Port also!!! Slice off fairly thin slices and serve on top of thin gingersnaps or perhaps more digestive biscuits. This Chocolate Salami recipe produces a beautiful log of chocolate studded with dried fruits and nuts. It can be customized with any fruits and nuts you like. Why not try soft dried figs, medjool dates, dried cranberries, almonds...the skies the limit!!!!

I know you are all enjoying the holidays so my wish for you is to have continued success in your kitchen and peace and joy!!!Enjoy your time with your family and friends to the fullest and we will see you next time!!!

Fröhlichi Wiehnacht, Nadolig Llawen, Seasons Greetings!!!!!!






**Chocolate Salami**
Printable Recipe

8 oz. good quality dark or semi-sweet chocolate of your choice, chopped (or combination)
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup cream
1 cup hazelnuts, toasted and roughly but finely chopped
5 Digestive biscuits, roughly but finely chopped
3/4 cup raisins
2 tablespoons ice wine
icing sugar, for rolling

To make the ganache: Place the chopped chocolate, butter and cream in a medium heat-safe bowl, Bring a small saucepan filled with water to a boil over medium heat.  Place heat-safe bowl with chocolate mixture on top. Whisk until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is well-combined and smooth. Set aside your ganache for now.

Combine finely chopped digestive biscuits, raisins and hazelnuts in a small bowl.

  Add the ice wine to the ganache, and then add the biscuit mixture. Stir until well-combined and there is a uniform texture throughout. Press some cling-wrap to the top of the mixture and refrigerate until firm enough to roll, at least 1 hour.

 Once the candy has firmed up, scoop half of it from the bowl and, using waxed paper or parchment, roll it into a log about 2 inches in diameter and 9 inches long. Once it is a cylinder, roll it on the counter a few times to try and get it as round a salami shape as possible. Repeat the process with the second half of the candy, forming an identical log. Wrap with plastic wrap. Return to the refrigerator.(Alternatively place the logs on a baking sheet and freeze them until firm, at least 2 hours. The salami can be kept frozen for up to a month, but if you plan to freeze them for that long, wrap the logs with plastic wrap to prevent odors or freezer burn).

About 15 minutes prior to serving, remove the logs from the refrigerator or freezer. Roll them in powdered sugar to make them resemble salami. Cut them into thin slices and serve. The logs can stay at room temperature for several hours before getting too soft. If they do start to get too soft, refrigerate or freeze briefly to firm them up. If the sugar coating starts to melt, re-roll them in sugar as needed.

Makes 1 large or two small salamis.

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51 comments:

  1. That "salami" looks wicked Val! (in a good way!). All the best for the holiday season. I'm sure it will be filled with lots of food and fun.

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  2. Oh, what a treat! My mom used to make this when I was little, I need to make it again, thanks so much for the recipe, awesome! Happy holidays!

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  3. i want some of that salami too!

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  4. That salami really looks like a real one!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  5. I like that you used the Made in Canada thin cookies with the salami! I see them in the stores down here, too. Have a great Christmas!

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  6. Vall chocolate salami loo amazing and delicious! WOW!! Have a wonderful Christmas with all your family, Happy Holidays Vall, with love, gloria

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  7. Chocolate salami! That's hilarious. Two of my favorite things, chocolate and cured meats, in one treat (even if there is no actual cured meats in there).

    My husband LOVES ice wine. He'd drink it for meals and not just desserts. Although the imported stuff is pricey, there is a wonderful Hudson Valley version made with that method that we can get at the Rivendell Winery in New Paltz, NY. Good stuff.

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  8. Oh wow, your salami looks awesome!!!!!!! And Merry X-Mas!!!!!

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  9. Nice blog. Thanks for sharing the recipe of Chocolate Salami. It looks tempting. Will try it this Christmas.

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  10. Merry, merry Christmas, Val! Hope it's filled with love & laughter...

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  11. With those ingredients, I believe you that it's pure heaven! It looks so great. Merry Christmas, Val!

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  12. How unique and wonderful! I love that it is made with hazelnuts. Regional bliss.

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  13. Have a wonderful Christmas with your LBT Val!

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  14. Merry Chrisatmas, Val and Frohe Weihnachten!

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  15. Merry Christmas Val, all the best to you and your family for 2010

    Cheers
    David x

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  16. I'd want to cut this with my sharpest knife, so as not to lose one tiny crumb!

    Merry Christmas, Val!

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  17. That "salami" sounds delicious. Feliz Navidad. Merry Christmas , for you and your lovely family !!!

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  18. this chocolate salami looks divien, cant wait to try it, thanx for the recipe, happy xmas, cheers from london

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  19. now this is some salami i can get behind! what an interesting and tasty creation--thanks for slipping it in for us! happy holidays!

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  20. wow this is awesome and it looks like so much fun to make

    Have a very Merry Christmas

    Love Rebecca

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  21. The chocolate salami looks wonderfully festive.
    Happy Christmas!

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  22. I made chocolate salami a little while back for the first time. I love it! Wonderful that yours has Icewine in it!

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  23. Looks fabulous - you did a great job! It definitely meets the criteria of presenting things in unusual and unexpected ways.

    All the best in 20-10.

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  24. That is the perfect treat for this week, my friend. I hope you have a Merry Merry Christmas and enjoy family and food this happy season :)

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  25. Chocolate Salami - now that is indeed a treat!

    Warm wishes for a splendid holiday to you and your loved ones always.

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  26. I've never seen this, it's fabulous! I hope your Christmas is filled with wonder(and great food too!).

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  27. Happiest holiday wishes and blessings of the season to you and your family, Val. I pray that 2010 will be a year of peace, good health and joy for us all.

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  28. This a specialty here in Piemonte. Yours looks perfect. I'll have t give it a spin soon. Merry Christmas Val to you and your daughter!

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  29. Great salami creation! Happy Holidays!

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  30. Wow! This looks so much like pork salami that when I clicked onto this page, I thought it was pork salami that had cocoa powder added.

    I adore ice wines as well. I've enjoyed great ice wines from the Alsatian region and many from Canada.

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  31. This is seriously cool! Thanks for the explanation because I've only seen it once -- and just briefly -- because I actually thought it was a salami made with chocolate! People eat bacon with chocolate, right? :) My sister-in-law introduced me to ice wine and it's truly amazing. Have a fabulous holiday!

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  32. Reminds me of the no-bake fridge cakes. Love the sausage look and should try this with oreos.....

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  33. That Choc Salami looks just super!! Have a Blessed Christmas Val and thanks for being such a great Friend! Lots of Love!

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  34. What a treat to find a treat that you're not familiar with and that describes the chocolate salami. I bet it is a show stopper.

    Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noel and happy holidays Val.
    Sam

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  35. I could go for thick slab of that "salami" --- I'd been eyeying that ercipe somewhere as well! It looks delicious Val and I hope you and your family enjoy that as well as amny other holiday treats in good health. Merry Christmas!

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  36. Oh. My.
    I'd better just make 1. 2 would be too much and I have to eat it all myself - oh woe is me.
    I have visions of my in a dark place - with a salami....
    Merry Christmas!

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  37. Happy Holidays to you and your family Val!

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  38. That is just beautiful! I've only made salami wih pork, but this looks great. Merry Christmas! Ken

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  39. Hope you have a very happy holiday too, and a wonderful new year! :)

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  40. What a treat!I would have to try these and fell in love with them! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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  41. How very clever! I have never heard of this. I bet it tastes great too.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Val!
    LL

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  42. Wickedly delicious Val...and you make it sound SIMPLE!! It looks delicious!
    Merry Christmas to you, and wishes for a magical New Year! {HUGS}

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  43. What a great recipe! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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  44. The Greek recipe for this is called "kormo" (log) or Moasaico (mosaic) but your salami is just as fab...a wonderful Christmas offering.

    Merry Christmas, health and happines in 2010!

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  45. Merry christmas!! Hope you had a great celebration! That choc salami looks sinful!!

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  46. happy holidays !! Pierre

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  47. oh, i have been wanting fo make chocolate salami for the longest time... now i've got a recipe i can trust! thanks for posting it.
    have a wonderful start to the new year!

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  48. I wish you could have seen me reading this entry - my mouth literally dropped open

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  49. I made this a while back for Roberto - apparently it is an Italian treat as well! He loved it! Your looks better though!

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  50. Wow, that looks great! Very creative idea this chocolate salami :)

    Happy New Year to you and your family!!!

    Margot

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  51. Holy moly - I *love* chocolate salami and look how easy it is to make!! Will definitely give this a go. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas too :)

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Val

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