|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 18g||23%|
|Saturated Fat 8g||40%|
|Total Carbohydrate 36g||13%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||3%|
|Total Sugars 27g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||1%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Semifreddo—Italian for "half-cold" or "half frozen"—got its name because of its unique texture. Even though it's technically frozen, the Italian dessert stays soft and creamy. Unlike ice cream, semifreddo isn't churned. Whereas ice cream is scooped, semifreddo is molded and sliced, usually in a metal loaf pan.
When using a loaf pan, the key is to line the pan with overhanging plastic wrap and add the semifreddo ingredients as directed. This will make removing the semifreddo from the pan a breeze. When ready to serve, just lift up the plastic and place the dessert on a work surface to slice.
As you'd do when making ice cream, it's important to keep all the ingredients and utensils very cold during the preparation process—but especially with semifreddo because it can melt easily, Semifreddo needs to set in the freezer for at least eight hours but preferably overnight (or even up to a day or two), making it a great make-ahead treat for a party or celebration. This delicious dessert looks like a professional created it and will dazzle your guests.
"If you are looking for a delicious dessert you can make at home that is just as impressive as it is delicious, please look no further because this is it! This recipe is so simple that you can add in your favorite toppings and flavors to completely customize it to your liking!" —Kiana Rollins
3/4 cup cold heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
4 large eggs
6 amaretti cookies, finely crushed, more for garnish, if desired
2 tablespoons finely chopped almonds
2 tablespoons sliced almonds
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Line a 9 x 5 x 3-inch metal loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving an overhang of several inches on all the ends. Chill the pan in the freezer. At least 20 minutes before you are ready to whip the cream, place the large bowl and the beaters of an electric mixer in the refrigerator.
Pour the chilled heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract into the chilled bowl and whip the cream at high speed until soft peaks form, about 4 minutes.
Return the bowl to the refrigerator while proceeding with the next steps.
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is completely dissolved, 3 to 4 minutes.
In another large mixing bowl, beat the eggs on medium speed until foamy, about 1 minute. With the mixer running, slowly add the hot sugar syrup into the eggs in a thin stream. Continue beating until the mixture is very light and fluffy and feels cool to the touch, 8 to 10 minutes.
Gently fold the chilled whipped cream into the cooled egg-syrup mixture.
Gently fold in the cookie crumbs and chopped almonds.
Remove the prepared loaf pan from the freezer. Spoon the mixture into the pan. Cover securely with the overhanging plastic wrap and return to the freezer. Freeze until set, at least 8 hours, preferably overnight.
Unwrap the top of the loaf pan. Invert onto a serving plate, lift off the pan and remove the plastic wrap. Sprinkle with the additional crushed cookies, if using, and the sliced almonds. Cut into slices and serve immediately.
You can easily vary the flavor base of the semifreddo by creating different infused simple syrups, such as ginger, cinnamon, rose, lavender, or mint.
There are many ways to vary the flavors in semifreddo:
Chocolate chip: Fold 2 ounces chopped chocolate into the mixture before freezing.
Citrus: Add lemon, lime, or orange zest to the sugar syrup.
Fruit: Add 1 cup of blueberries, chopped strawberries, or raspberries to the mixture before freezing.
How to Store Semifreddo
Semifreddo will keep in the freezer for up to six weeks.