Servings: eight to ten.
Semifreddo means “half-cold” in Italian and refers to a chilled or half-frozen dessert containing whipped cream or meringue. This creamy version is like a frozen strawberry mousse.
Choose a medium stainless-steel bowl that can rest just inside a medium saucepan. Pour about 1 inch of water in the saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the temperature to maintain a gentle simmer. Choose another bowl large enough to hold the medium bowl. Fill the large bowl with about 2 inches of ice water; set aside. Put the egg yolks, whole egg, and the remaining 1/4 cup sugar in the medium bowl and whisk until well combined and pale yellow, about 2 minutes. Add the reserved strawberry mixture and whisk to combine. Set the bowl over the saucepan without letting it touch the water and whisk constantly until the mixture is thick and leaves a trail when you lift the whisk, 3 to 4 minutes. Set the bowl in the ice water and whisk occasionally until cool, about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large chilled metal mixing bowl with a hand mixer on medium-high speed (or in a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment), beat the cream to medium peaks, 2 to 3 minutes.
Gently fold the whipped cream into the strawberry mixture until just combined. Pour the mixture into the loaf pan, smooth the surface, cover with plastic, and freeze for at least 6 hours and up to overnight.
Meanwhile, remove the semifreddo from the freezer and let it sit at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes to soften slightly. Invert onto a cutting board, remove the plastic, and slice. Serve topped with the quartered berries.
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This is yummy. Don't skip the sauce on top. Leftovers go in the freezer. Fairly easy to make.
We really enjoyed this, and it really goes together very quickly. The strawberry flavor was lovely with fresh local strawberries. Delicious!
I made this for a cookout on the 4th and everyone loved it. It looked beautiful and tasted wonderful. It was easy and straightforward and every step went as explained in the recipe. Next time I might drizzle with dark chocolate. I have made a semifreddo before and it's an easy and cool pick for a hot summer day.
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