Semifreddo is a classic Italian dessert (semifreddo al caffè) that is as beautiful to look at as it tastes. You can skip the nuts for a nut-free version. Serve the semifreddo with whipped cream, cocoa powder or grated chocolate, and cookie crumbs.

Gallery

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
5 hrs
total:
5 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
Advertisement

Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Combine coffee and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally so sugar does not stick to the bottom of the pan. Remove from heat.

    Advertisement
  • Whisk egg yolks in a heatproof bowl until frothy. Add sweetened coffee 1 tablespoon at a time, whisking vigorously to prevent egg yolks from curdling.

  • Place bowl on top of a pot with simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Continue whisking vigorously until mixture thickens and gets creamy, 4 to 6 minutes.

  • Remove bowl from heat and place over a bowl of ice; whisk until cooled. Fold in mascarpone cheese.

  • Beat cream in a chilled glass or metal bowl with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Stir 2 tablespoons of whipped cream into the coffee mixture to thin it out. Fold in remaining cream carefully with a spatula until just combined. Fold in walnuts.

  • Pour mixture into 4 serving or ice cream glasses and freeze until firm, at least 5 hours.

Cook's Note:

Remove serving glasses from the freezer about 10 minutes before serving, to allow semifreddo to thaw slightly.

Nutrition Facts

579 calories; protein 7.3g; carbohydrates 24.4g; fat 51.9g; cholesterol 409mg; sodium 58mg. Full Nutrition
Advertisement

Reviews (1)

Read More Reviews
1 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2020
VERY GOOD DIDN'T QUITE UNDERSTAND HOW TO MIX CREAM CHEESE DIDN'T MIX WELL. Read More
Advertisement