Italian Christmas Dessert Recipe: Salame Dolce (Sweet Chocolate Salami)

Our friend Judy Witts Francini a.k.a. <a
href=”http://www.divinacucina.com” target=”_blank”>Divina
Cucina, an American who has been
living and cooking in Tuscany for 25 years, shares recipes for
her favorite Italian Christmas desserts in our free guide <a
href=”http://www.dreamofitaly.com/public/732.cfm”><span
style=”font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;”>Christmas
in Italy.
|image1| Of this holiday recipe for <span
style=”font-style: italic;”>salame dolce
says, “This one of my favorites to keep in the freezer as a back-up
dessert! Richer and fancier versions sold in pastry shops now have
melted chocolate and chopped nuts added to make it more of a
candy  version. Rolling the outside edges in powdered sugar
makes it  really look like salame.” Here’s the recipe for an
Italian salame
even vegetarians will love!

6 ounces cooking crumbs (best are small rectangular cookies called
Marie in Italy, and Petite Beurre in the U.S.)
½ cup sugar
5 ounces melted butter
2 egg yolks
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ounce grappa (my preference), or Grand Marnier, Amaretto di Saronno,
Kahlua, rum, or whiskey

Melt the butter and let it cool.

Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until it resembles cake batter. Add
the melted butter and cocoa powder. (And more cocoa powder if you want
it really dark.)

Crush the cookies in a food processor or with a rolling pin, leaving
some pieces a little larger than others so they resemble the fat in a
salame. Form a salame-like shape and roll it in aluminum foil. Place in
the freezer for 30 minutes or until firm. Unwrap and slice. Serve with
soft whipped cream and fresh berries.

Get the rest of Diva’s fabulous holiday dessert and Italian Christmas
cookie recipes in our free, downloadable guide <a
href=”http://www.dreamofitaly.com/public/732.cfm”><span
style=”font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;”>Christmas
in Italy: Travel Tips, Traditions and Recipes.

(Photo
by: <a
href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/iaiaross/3229535726/in/set-72157616182060562/”
target=”_blank”>Iaia Ross, flickr.com)

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