Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Apricot Semifreddo

Semifreddo has got to be one of the easiest and quickest homemade ice-creams in existence. Due to the large quantity of cream it contains, there is no need for an ice-cream machine or for the tedious job of taking it out of the freezer every now and again to mix the ice crystals through.

My apricot semifreddo is a variation on Bill Granger's semifreddo recipe on offer here.

Apricot Semifreddo
(makes 1 ice-cream "loaf")

  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons honey or agave syrup or castor sugar
  • 250ml whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons chunky apricot jam (with apricot pieces)
  1. Use a mixer to beat together the egg yolks and honey until doubled in volume, light in texture and pale in colour (anywhere from 3 to 8 minutes depending on mixer speed).
  2. In a seperate, deep bowl, beat the cream to peak stage.
  3. Fold the whipped cream into the yolk/honey mixture, and gently stir through the vanilla extract and chunky apricot mixture. Line a loaf tin with overlapping cling wrap, pour the mixture in and then cover over with another layer of clingwrap. Freeze for 4 - 5 hours.
  4. Turn the ice-cream loaf out, and then slice to serve.
Variations on a theme:
This recipe is incredibly versatile. I've made a vanilla one before using chocolate chips and crushed pecans stirred through. I've also made a delicious coffee flavoured one using no extracts whatsoever, and just stirring through 2 teaspoons of instant decaf coffee for a nice coffee crunch. The flavour possibilities are endless!


Linda Harding said...

Choc chip and pecan sounds amazing, as well as the coffee! This looks so easy and incredibly tasty...the perfect summer dessert!

Juanita said...

Soon, I'm gonna set aside a day to try every recipe you've posted :)

Joyti said...

That sounds amazing (and so does the pecan version). I wish it were warmer here!

Anonymous said...

This sounds gorgeous. I might try this today as it is summer in our part of the world and quite hot so this easy frozen dessert looks great. Since being diagnosed with coeliac disease a few months ago, nice desserts have been a bit of a struggle.

Juanita said...

Thank you for your comments! :-)