Strawberry Pistachio Semifreddo

Semifreddo marries the richness of ice cream with the ethereal texture of frozen mousse. Both dramatic and easy, it makes a great dinner-party dessert.

Yield: 12 servings
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  • 1/2 cup(s) unsalted, roasted shelled pistachios
  • 8 ounce(s) strawberries, hulled (abt. 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup(s) sugar
  • 3 tablespoon(s) sugar
  • 3 large egg yolks room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) cold heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract


  1. 1. Line a standard 5x9" loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving a 2" overhang on all sides. Pulse pistachios in a food processor until coarsely chopped (some will break down to a coarse grind). Transfer to a small bowl; do not wipe food processor clean. Place strawberries & 3 tablespoons sugar in processor; puree until smooth & transfer to a fine sieve set over a bowl. Stir puree, pressing on solids to extract as much liquid as possible; discard solids.
  2. 2. Combine egg yolks & remaining 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl set over a pot of simmering water. Beat on high speed (or vigorously by hand) until pale yellow & tripled in volume, about 3 minutes. Transfer bowl to a larger bowl of ice water; stir until mixture is very thick & cool, about 3 more minutes.
  3. 3. Beat together cream & vanilla in a large bowl until soft peaks form. Whisk 1/2 of the whipped cream into the egg mixture, whisking until smooth, then fold into the remaining cream with a rubber spatula just until thoroughly incorporated.
  4. 4.Pour 1/2 of cream mixture into the strawberry puree. Gently fold together until thoroughly incorporated, then pour into the loaf pan & smooth the top. Fold pistachios into the remaining cream mixture & pour evenly over strawberry cream; smooth top. Fold plastic wrap over surface & freeze at least 12 hours & up to 3 days. To serve, peel plastic from surface. Invert pan onto a cutting board. Unmold semifreddo, remove plastic wrap & cut crosswise into 3/4" thick slices.
June 2013

This recipe is a personal recipe added by marybillingsley and has not been tested or endorsed by MyRecipes.

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