Salam de biscuiti or chocolate salami is a no-bake dessert that has gained popularity all over Europe. Traditionally made, salam de biscuit contains rum essence for extra flavours, biscuits for added crunch, raisins for sweetness and delicious Turkish delight for an exotic taste.
What is salam de biscuiti (chocolate roll)
As a Romanian, I get so excited to talk about salam de biscuit. This is an authentic Romanian dessert, which I used to eat all the time as a child. I made salam de biscuit countless times with my mother and grandmother and learnt from the traditional way of making it taste most delicious.
Salam de biscuiti is a no bake chocolate roll made on the hob then chilled in the fridge. It's called a salami because of its appearance as it is shaped as a salami. It has nothing to do with meat. Although traditionally the authentic salam de biscuiti contains butter and milk, I've altered these ingredients to make it vegan and suitable for plant-based lovers too.
It is important to mention that sometimes, during religious fasting in Romania, people are looking for vegan alternatives to their favourite dishes so they can eat traditional Romanian with a twist. I've already made traditional mamaliga, vegan cabbage rolls, zacusca and of course, vegan varza a la Cluj. So you can see that I'm very excited about sharing traditional recipes from my heritage with you.
Ingredients for salam de biscuiti
This traditional dessert is cocoa-based and although it's a chocolate salami, the main ingredient is actually biscuits. I'm going to tell you what ingredients to buy and what to make sure you avoid when doing the shopping for salam de biscuiti.
Cocoa - I use and recommend raw cocoa powder. I love it so much more and the desserts always taste much better. This is the right ingredient for a proper nice biscuit salami.
Biscuits - Biscuits are the main ingredient for this biscuit salami. In Romania, we use a biscuit that's akin to the digestives. Just a word of caution, not all digestives are vegan so make sure to pick up the pack and check for the ingredients. I've had huge difficulties finding vegan digestives that contain no palm oil as well.
Vegan butter - Vegan butter is now widely available in almost all supermarkets. However, if possible, try to avoid buying butter that contains palm oil.
Turkish delight - Turkish delight is not always vegan, just make sure to check if it contains any gelatine. We used rose and lemon Turkish delight and it tastes so good in this chocolate roll. Yum!
Walnuts - What goes best with chocolate? Walnuts! If you have a nut allergy, you can leave the nuts out. Alternatively, you can use other nuts as well but in my honest opinion, walnuts are best. IT's the traditional way!
Sugar - I use normal caster sugar from the local supermarket. Nice and sweet for this delicious dessert salami.
Raisins - Raisins, cranberries, sultanas all work really well. I personally like raisins but that's because we've been making it this way for generations.
Oat milk - I like oat milk because it makes salam de biscuiti taste a little maltier. You can use any other plant milk as well.
Rum Essence - you can use actually booze if you prefer but I'm trying to stick to a healthier alternative here. Rum essence is available in any supermarket! It's paramount that you don't skip it for the chocolate roll tho. It really gives it that perfect taste.
Below you will see the recipe on how to make authentic Romanian salam de biscuiti. It's honestly so simple, you won't believe it. The trick is to be patient and let it cool in the fridge overnight so the salami sets. You can then cut it and eat it as it is. Some people like to roll it in desiccated coconut but that's never been a traditional thing for our family to do.
As promised, I like to share with you only traditional recipes from my family that are truly authentic and Romanian. I'm sure you will enjoy this lovely dessert. Make it to surprise your guests or during the winter holidays. We also make it for summer as it is a cool dessert that keeps the best in the fridge. Enjoy it!
This recipe has been developed entirely by Yuzu Bakes. Any resemblance with other recipes is purely coincidental.