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