It’s a dream of mine to be a travelling food writer/photographer so I recently decided to start researching that idea. As I’m part Croatian that seemed as good a place as any to begin which lead me to this stunning blog – heneedsfood.com. I am in awe of John’s photography and in particular his Croatian recipes, this is one of them.
Čokoladna salama is a traditional Croatian christmas treat that is created to look like salami – relax that is where the resemblance ends, this is solid chocolate decadence with an intoxicating mix of figs, spices, nuts and rum!
This is John’s recipe with a couple of small changes.
Makes 1 x 25 cm log
200g dark chocolate
2 egg yolks
1 tbsp cocoa
1 tbsp caster sugar
2 tbsp rum
¼ tsp each of cinnamon, nutmeg & ground cloves
1 tablespoon of blanched almonds, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon of blanched hazelnuts, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon of blanched pistachios, roughly chopped
6 Arrowroot biscuits, broken into small pieces
2 dried figs, chopped
½ cup ground almonds
Icing sugar, to coat
Place the chocolate and butter into a glass or ceramic bowl over a pot of simmering water. Melt gently until smooth.
Remove from heat, add the egg yolks and mix for about a minute. Add the cocoa, caster sugar and rum. Mix well. Then add the remaining ingredients, except the icing sugar. Stir well and set aside or refrigerate until it’s firm enough to shape with your hands (about 15 minutes). Place the mixture along the centre of a large rectangular piece of plastic wrap. Fold the wrap over and mould into a log shape of about 25 cm long. Twist the ends to seal and refrigerate for overnight or longer if you can so that the flavours develop.
To serve, roll in icing sugar then slice at least 5 mm thick.