Chocolate Salami with Walnuts & Cranberries

My favorite traditional Lithuanian dessert is Tinginys. It’s the simplest cake (kind of cake) in Lithuanian cuisine. Its name translation to English means ‘lazy one’ and can be interpreted as extremely easy to make, especially for those who are the lazy ones.

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In Lithuania this cake is made in many homes, either with milk or condensed milk, butter, cacao and biscuits. To lift the flavor I added some walnuts and dried cranberries. It is popular in other cuisines as well with their own variations.

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Delicious as a lovely chocolate cake, this delightful chocolate salami is a no-bake dessert with a crunchy mix of walnuts and biscuits and sweet cranberries. Show your creativity and amaze your guests by adding different ingredients such as dried fruits, nuts, seeds etc. It couldn’t be simpler! 

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Ingredients

  • 1 kg tea biscuits
  • 250 ml milk
  • 200 gr butter
  • 200 ml sugar
  • 4-5 tbsp pure cacao
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 big handfuls of walnuts
  • 1 handful of dried cranberries
  • some cacao for garnish

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Directions

  1. Break the biscuits into smaller pieces. Put them in a big bowl.
  2. Mix sugar and cacao in a small bowl.
  3. Put the milk and butter in a pot and stir until the butter melts.
  4. Add cacao and sugar mix. Stir it to combine until sugar dissolves.
  5. Pour the cacao sauce to biscuits bowl and stir to coat all the biscuits. Then add walnuts and cranberries. Stir again.
  6. Pour the biscuit mix onto a cling film covered surface (double layer) and form into a sausage shape, making sure everything is pressed together well. You can make them as big or as small as you would like. Let it cool and put in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours, but preferably overnight. (You could also just line a cake tray with cling film and put the biscuit mix into it. Press it a bit and then cover with the cling film.)
  7. Once it is solid and holds its shape, remove the cling film and sprinkle with some cacao. Slice the cake and enjoy!

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