Chocolate salami with banana
Chocolate salami is one of my favorite homemade desserts – it’s no-bake, with a rich rum flavor, filled with all kinds of goodies. I remember that when I was in 4th grade, we had a special class in school called ‘culinary education’. I can only remember two desserts that we learned to make during that class: chocolate salami and banana sandwiches with cream and honey. So, if I think about it, it might have actually been one of the first desserts I ever tried making.
Chocolate salami is a roll made with crushed biscuits and cocoa, with a butter, milk and sugar syrup, which moistens the biscuits and creates a decadent, chocolatey dessert. I love adding raisins and Turkish delight pieces to the chocolate salami, but you can replace these with any kind of nuts you like, cranberries or other dried fruits. It would look amazing covered in some crushed pistachio!
As simple as this dessert looks, I could never find a recipe that would recreate the taste of chocolate salami which I used to eat when I was a kid. Well, one day I found a recipe from Miremirc, a Romanian blogger, and it was just perfect! The banana addition is a lovely surprise, and the syrup is really easy to make.
I would really eat this dessert on any occasion – it melts in your mouth, it’s not too sweet, and the variety of textures will probably make you want to eat 3 slices instead of just one. Since this dessert is no-bake, but the syrup is made with melted butter, you will have to leave it in the fridge for at least 2 to 3 hours before serving it. It’s super easy to make, but take your time and leave it to cool. This way, it will be easier to slice.
This recipe yields two chocolate salamis. It was so nice to remember that we had one more salami in the fridge after eating the first one. 🙂
400 g (14.12 oz) European sweet biscuits
45 g (6 tablespoons) cocoa powder
115 g (1 stick) butter
150 g (3/4 cup) sugar
200 ml (1 cup) milk
60 g (3 pieces) Turkish delight
50 g (1/3 cup) raisins
5 ml (1 teaspoon) rum flavoring
- In a bowl, crush the biscuits – some of them should be finely crushed, but you should also have some bigger pieces. I crushed them with my hands, but you can use a food processor if you like.
- Add Turkish delight cut into pieces, raisins and the cocoa.
- In a small, deep pot, combine the milk, the sugar and the butter. Turn on the heat and stir until everything is well-combined and the butter is melted. Add the rum flavoring.
- Pour 1/2 of the syrup over the biscuits, and combine using a spoon. Repeat with the remaining syrup. You should get a chocolatey paste.
- Divide the mixture into 2 equal parts.
- On an aluminum foil, put ½ of the biscuits mixture and spread it, using a spoon and your fingers. It should have a rectangle form, a bit bigger than the banana.
- Put a banana over the mixture, and roll the chocolate salami.
- Secure the ends with the aluminum foil, then put it in the fridge and leave it to cool for 2 to 3 hours.
- Remove the foil and spread some coconut over each side of the salami, pressing it with your fingers.
- Slice the salami and enjoy!