Semifreddo Recipe

Rating 5.0
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Semifreddo, which means “half-frozen” or “half-cold” in Italian, is a frozen treat perfect for a crowd. The loaf shape makes a beautiful presentation with the topping and slicing is easier to serve than scooping.
Utensils Dessert
Globe Italian
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large egg
egg yolks
2/3 cup(s)
granulated sugar
1/4 tsp
1 1/2 cup(s)
heavy cream, cold
1 tsp
vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
1/2 cup(s)
Nutella, warmed, for topping
fresh berries, for topping
chopped almonds, hazelnuts or pistachios, for topping

Directions 11 steps | 510 Minutes

Step 1

Prepare a double boiler by preparing a medium saucepan and a larger glass bowl, making sure that the bowl is large enough to sit on top of the saucepan. Fill the saucepan with an inch of water and bring it to a simmer. Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan and line with plastic wrap. Measure and prep all ingredients.

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Step 2

Prepare the custard. While the saucepan is heating, whisk together the egg, egg yolks, granulated sugar and salt into the bowl. Whisk until well combined. 

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Step 3

Place the bowl over the saucepan and continuously whisk until the egg mixture reaches 165°F. 

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Step 4

Use a fine mesh strainer to strain the mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer or a second large bowl. 

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Step 5

Whisk the mixture using either the stand mixer or an electric hand mixer until thick and foamy. The mixture should create ribbons when held high, about 8-10 minutes. Set aside.

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Step 6

Prepare the whipped cream. In a second stand mixer bowl or a large bowl, combine the cold heavy cream and vanilla extract (or paste). Whisk using a stand mixer or an electric hand mixer until stiff peaks form.

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Step 7

Transfer half of the whipped cream into the custard and fold until combined. 

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Step 8

Transfer remaining whipped cream into the custard and fold until combined. 

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Step 9

Transfer the semifreddo into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top. Completely wrap with plastic wrap and freeze until frozen, about 8 hours or overnight.

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Step 10

When ready to serve, unwrap the loaf pan and turn the semifreddo onto a serving platter. Remove the plastic wrap. Drizzle the warmed Nutella over the semifreddo. Top with fresh berries and a sprinkling of chopped hazelnuts. (See notes 1.)

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Step 11

Slice into one inch slices and serve. Enjoy!

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  1. Let your imagination go free with toppings. Most ice cream toppings would work great with semifreddo. 

Nutrition Per Serving
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24 g
3.6 g
29.8 g


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Christina P.


11 Apr 2023

A perfect recipe of Semifreddo for everyone to enjoy. A definite crowd-pleaser.

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