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Discovering Salame Dolce “Sweet Salami” in Firenze

chocolatey sweet salami

chocolatey sweet salami

Vespas, men in scarves and Michelangelo’s David can all be found in one place – Florence (Firenze), Italy. We all met there for Miss G.’s spring break last week; it was a glorious week that also happened to  contain the day Miss G. turned 20, which also happens to be the day of our wedding anniversary. I’ll share our itinerary in detail in next week’s post.

mixing up the ingredients in Florence

mixing up the ingredients in Florence

One evening we took a group cooking lesson on pizza and gelato at In Tavola cooking school; I’ll save the gelato and pizza recipes for warmer weather, though. I will say that the Lieutenant and I both wanted to take home the $20,000 gelato machine. The hit of the evening for the kids, though, was the chocolately salame dolce or “sweet salami”; a no bake cookie concoction that Mr. D. swears rivals our chocolate no bakes. I think this is sacrilege – nothing can rival chocolate no bakes. Nevertheless, salame dolce is pretty good stuff & a quick, easy to make dessert. Mr. D. whipped up a batch our first day home….


Salame Dolce (Sweet Salami)

from the In Tavola recipe booklet


  • 100 g. (1/2 cup) sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 150 g. (10.5 T) butter, melted but not hot
  • 2 t. (or a little more) cocoa powder
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup sweet marsala wine
  • 200 g. Marie cookies, finely ground, or another shortbread type of cookie - I used Lorna Doones

Cooking Directions:

  1. Mix the egg yolks and sugar together until the mixture is creamy; add the melted butter, cocoa, liquor and cookies.
  2. Mix until the dough is firm - add more cookies if necessary.
  3. Shape into the form of a salami and wrap in plastic wrap or foil; chill for several hours.
  4. Serve slices well chilled.



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{ 3 comments… add one }

  • Joan Robinett Wilson November 1, 2014, 12:18 pm

    Hi Denis,
    I sent you an email with my phone number :)

  • Denis Swanson October 28, 2014, 2:28 pm

    Joan. You designed house for ruth winchester on lake rd looking to get in touch with u

  • Beth March 29, 2014, 7:26 am

    Ciao Joan! I am drooling over your cooking classes in Italy. Remember the book, “Eat, Pray Love?!!” Years ago Randy and I spent a few weeks in Italy and our most favorite memories were all the amazing foods and meals we ate. Everything tastes better in Italy. Welcome home – – THIS salami looks fabulous.

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