So I haven’t been in the kitchen much these past few weeks because I’ve been busy studying. But I did manage to squeeze in some baking time, which literally took 5 minutes. I know I said I am not a baker, but I think that this particular recipe can be done by a real newbie. So here goes – it’s a Russian dessert called Shokoladnaya Kolbasa, or Chocolate Salami. It’s more like fudge, but because of its shape, the name fits well. I found a recipe online, but tweaked it to make it my own. The measurements are more “eyeballed” so if you don’t have the exact amount, don’t despair.
- 1 package of plain vanilla cookies (2 handfulls)
- 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans (optional)
- 3 Tb spoons Cocoa (good quality cocoa is really important)
- 7 Tb spoons melted Butter
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup of Sugar
Take the cookies and break them into small pieces. Cut walnuts or pecans into small pieces. In a small, non-stick pot add cocoa and sugar and mix together. Add egg and melted butter. Simmer the mixture on low heat for 3-4 minutes, add the crushed cookies and nuts, mix well. The mixture should be thick.
Take parchment paper, and cut into a rectangle, just enough for the mixture to fit. Take a piece of butter and rub the top of the parchment paper (this prevents the mixture from sticking to the paper). Add the mixture from the pot on to the parchment paper and roll it in the form of a sausage. Twist the ends so that it holds its shape. Place it in the freezer for 2 hours, then place it in the refrigerator an hour before serving. Once ready to serve, slice it like salami and enjoy! If you got kids, they will LOVE this dessert and they can help you make it.