Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi has been a fairly simple festival in my house while I was growing. Being Sikhs, we have adapted a lot of our customs from Hinduism and therefore we celebrate a simplified version of it which means no tilak and Pooja. I remember seeing my Aunt perform the morning fast before tying the sacred thread on my Father and Uncle's wrist but as children we never had to do that. As children, I would tease my younger brother that being a girl is so lucky as you get 2 gifts in a year, one on birthday and another on Rakhi. At home, Mom would make some bread rolls for breakfast and thus our Rakhi would be over with some sweets.
This year, Vaanya, my daughter will get to tie a Rakhi on my nephew. I see a part of my childhood in her and am looking forward to see her enjoy the day with her little brother. She is naturally too small to understand the importance of Rakhi but I am sure with time she will cherish these moments just like me.
This year I wanted to try a rather very simple sweet. Something which does not require much work and is done in a jiffy. Therefore I decided to play with these Chocolate Salami where there is no definite recipe and you can add just about anything that you want.
Chocolate Salami or Salame di cioccolata or Salame de chocolate is a traditional Italian and Portuguese dessert which is made from dark chocolate, broken bits of biscuits or cookies, butter, eggs and alcohol like rum or port wine.
A misleading name, Chocolate Salami is named because of its appearance where the dessert is shaped like a log and is cut in roundels while serving.
I skipped the eggs and got an intensely rich, rum laden chocolatey goodness in this dessert. For a children's version I used milk chocolate and skipped the nuts and fruits. Instead I added some cake pieces, biscuits of my daughter's choice and some almond powder.
This dessert has endless variations. Go ahead and enjoy making and relishing it this festive season.
Ingredients : Makes around 7-8 slices of the chocolate salami
- 200 gms dark chocolate, chopped
- 1/4 cup cream(I used Amul)
- 2 tbsp butter
- 3-4 pieces of Marie biscuits or any digestive biscuits
- 1/2 cup of assorted nuts and dried fruits(I used almonds, walnuts, cashews, pista and cranberries)
- 2-3 tbsp rum (optional, may be substituted with orange juice)
Dry roast the nuts and chop them fine. Mix with the chopped cranberries and keep aside.
Roughly break the biscuits in medium sized chunks and keep aside.
Heat cream in a pan. Be careful not to burn it.
Remove from heat and add the chopped chocolate to it. Mix it well so that the chocolate melts.
Now add the butter and mix.
Throw in the nuts and biscuits and give it a stir.
Allow this mixture to cool and thicken for around 4-5 minutes, or more if required.
Put this, now thickened mixture, onto a cling wrap and give it a log shape. Twist both the ends to secure it.
Pop it in the refrigerator for 3-4 hrs.
In between take it out and roll it to maintain the shape.
Slice it and serve.
Note : For a children's version I used milk chocolate instead of dark one and added digestive biscuits, chocolate biscuits, cake pieces. I also added 1 tbsp of almond powder instead of the chopped nuts. And yes, the rum has been omitted there.
Happy Raksha Bandhan