In 2006, I had this delicious salame di cioccolato, which I had found on a foodie trip to Tokyo.
That same year while reading "La Dolce Vita" by Isabel Coe, I found a recipe for it. This one used butter and sounded similar to the one I had tried. It called for amaretti cookies, hazelnuts, dried fruits, and some mixed nuts. I put it on my list of things to try but never got around to it.
Last month, while reading a Japanese blog, I found a simpler recipe for it. This one only used chocolate and "stuff" for the filling.
Here is the recipe:
120 grams (about 4 ounces) of chocolate
120 grams (about 4 ounces) of nuts, cereal whatever you want to put into your salame.
about 50 grams (about 1.7 ounces ) of powdered sugar, you could also use cocoa powder
I looked around at the gourmet supermarket, but couldn't find amaretti cookies, so I decided I would try making it "Japanesey".
This is what I did.
I bought a package of my favorite chocolate covered kaki no tane to replace the amaretti cookies.
I chopped some candied ginger and some dried apricots.
I also chopped some marshmallows and took a handful of hazelnuts out of the freezer.
For the chocolate, I melted several different dark chocolates, but all about the same percentage of 60%.
After melting the chocolate, you are supposed to pour the chocolate into a plastic bag with the filling and meld things together.
This was really messy. I threw the bag into the freezer for 20 minutes and was able to get most of the chocolate off of the bag.
Then on parchment paper, I turned the chocolate out of the bag and formed it into a log. Then put it back into the freezer for 10 minutes.
The recipe says to roll it in powdered sugar, but I decided not to.
I sliced several pieces off with a serrated knife and had it for my afternoon tea.
Delicious. I can't wait to share this with Satoshi.
p.s. I got the title from Babelfish by inputting "Japanese style chocolate salami" and translating it from English to Italian, is it correct?
Hope you have a good week!