Known as salame dolce (sweet salami), thin slices of this rich treat are great with an after-dinner espresso. Crushed vanilla wafers give it the mottled look of salami. Because the wafers are coarsely crushed, the pieces will vary greatly in size. Since the mixture is uncooked, use a pasteurized egg yolk (look for cartons of pasteurized egg yolks or pasteurized in-shell eggs).
Place sugar and egg yolk in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed for 3 minutes or until thick and pale. Beat in honey and butter. Add cocoa, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in wine, water, orange rind, if desired, and wafers.
Spoon mixture onto a sheet of wax paper using a rubber spatula (mixture will be stiff). Using moist hands, shape mixture into a 6-inch log. Wrap log tightly with plastic wrap; chill at least 1 hour. Cut log into 1/2-inch-thick slices.
I also made this for Christmas Eve and thought it was simple and tasted amazing. I didn't want to use a raw egg, so I modified the recipe a bit. If it was too dry I added more alcohol, if it was too wet, I add more chocolate or wafers, but it was pretty true to the recipe. I even doubled it and took one to my parents and left one for home! Also, feel free to replace the wine with another liquor, i.e. I used a spiced rum. Delicious!
Made this for Christmas Eve evening dessert. It did not stay in the log shape. It seemed to be very dry even after adding another tbsp of water. It was also very "sharp" chocolate taste which is most definately from the cocoa. I would not recommend this or make again.
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