At this time of year you could only assume there’d be a flurry of activity in many kitchens. Loads of prep to feed the family or anyone that just happens to drop by unannounced. Aside from the usual savoury dishes that make it to the Croatian table, there always seems to be some kind of kolač (cake) and a variety of little baked sweet treats to have with coffee afterwards. Oblatne seems to be a favourite with most people, and another is this. Čokolada salama.
I know I could have consulted my mother for her own recipe, but I thought I’d go and make my own. It’s basically a fridge-set cake that’s made up of chocolate, butter, crushed biscuits/cookies and rum. It’s rolled into a log and sliced; giving the impression of salami.
Many European countries have their own versions, and with mine, I’ve taken it further by adding some classic Croatian flavourings like chestnuts, fig and spices. And rather than sticking to one type of chocolate, I’ve mixed in some chilli chocolate, for a slight hum on the palate.
Finally, for a little drama, I trussed the “salami” after rolling it in powdered sugar. That way it really looks like a salami. It can be made ahead of time and kept in the freezer. To defrost, just keep it in the fridge for several hours until it’s ready to be served.