My family + I where obsessed with this restaurant called La Dolce Vita, owned by an Italian family. We started going in the early 90s, at least once a week for sure. My favorite, the dessert: Salame di Cioccolato.
We were devastated when La Dolce Vita closed a decade later. Devastated. Serious withdrawal symptoms.
Thanks to the wonders of the internet + Google, my mom + I found a version of the Salame di Cioccolato recipe online + have been perfecting it over the years. Today I’m sharing with you the mastered formula. Psst… it includes amaretto, yummy!
- 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 egg yolks
- 12 oz Maria cookies or plain Graham crackers or Vanilla Wafers
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 3 tablespoons Amaretto (or liqueur of choice)
Steps 1: In a large bowl break the cookies into small pieces.
Steps 2: Lightly toast pecans + roughly chop. Add to the cookies.
Steps 3: In a double boiler melt the chocolate along with the butter. Remove from the heat + mix into a large bowl.
Steps 4: Pour in the sugar + vanilla + combine with a spatula. Add the egg yolks, one by one, mixing well after each addition.
Steps 5: Fold in the cookies + pecans. Add the liqueur. Should form into a moist + chunky mix.
Steps 6: Cut a large piece of wax paper. Spoon the mixture onto the paper. Place into the freezer for 15-30 minutes, until malleable.
Steps 7: When ready, shape the mix into a log with your hands using the paper. Twist the ends. Place the salami shaped roll into the freezer for 2-3 hours.
Steps 8: Serve as thin or thick as you like while frozen. Drizzle your favorite chocolate syrup to decorate.
This decadent treat will keep in the freezer, tightly wrapped for 6 months.
May cause serious addiction. Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you.