Monday, March 15, 2021

Chocolate Semifreddo and a Winner

If you have been with me for years and years 
you will remember that we went to visit 
my husband's cousin in Bologna, Italy.  

My daughter had just finished culinary art 
school and she came with us.  His adorable 
cousin set up an opportunity to have two 
beautiful ladies, one a countess, teach us 
some cooking classes in her home. 

(Me, Victoria, Kirk's cousin Tonya, Antonella and my daughter Amanda)

We began the adventure by going shopping 
at the small local stores with them and then 
on to cooking.  For dessert they taught us 
a semi-freddo, which is a creamy half frozen 
dessert, almost like a frozen mousse. 

Click here to see that post. 

I started that post by saying Bologna is known as 
"The Fat One" because foods from Bologna are 
rich, and semifreddo certainly qualifies for that.

I hadn't made it again until we recently 
went to a restaurant and ordered it for dessert.  Each bite was so creamy and delicious that I decided I hadto go home and make some.  

At the restaurant they offered a slice of white 
chocolate semifreddo and a slice of chocolate 
semifreddo.  I decided to make just a chocolate 
and to serve it in individual dishes rather than 
a traditional loaf pan since I didn't have one 
here in Cabo.

I found a fabulous recipe from Family Style Food
and we have made it three times now!  
(Covid pounds!!!)

I made a few slight changes to her 
recipe for ease and considering what 
ingredients I had.  I also divided it into 
6 individual dishes instead of 4.   This is the most 
luxuriant dessert ever and not difficult even 
though there are a few steps.  It also lasts well 
in the freezer so you can take one out later and 
indulge again and again.

Chocolate Semifreddo Recipe

Crumble one and a half Oreo cookies per small 
serving dish and divide into six dishes. 

2 T. plus 1/4 C. sugar
1/4 C. water
1 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 T. cocoa powder (sifted)
4 egg yolks
1 C. whipping cream
3/4 C. mascarpone cheese

Place the 2 T. sugar and 1/4 C. water into a small 
saucepan and heat until the sugar has dissolved.  
Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate chips 
and cocoa powder.  Stir until smooth.  

Remove the melted chocolate to a large bowl 
and allow it to cool for about ten minutes.  

Place the egg yolks in a mixing bowl with the 
remaining 1/4 C. sugar and beat with the whisk 
about 5 minutes until it becomes light and forms 
a ribbon.  

Fold the egg mix into the chocolate until well blended.  

Wash and dry the mixer bowl and whisk and 
then add the whipping cream and mascarpone cheese 
and beat until soft peaks form.  Gently fold the 
chocolate mixture into the cream until it is 
well blended.  Spoon into your dessert dishes or 
a loaf pan, if you prefer. 

Freeze for at least 4 hours until firm.  Garnish with 
whipped cream and chocolate shavings and a 
little raspberry sauce if desired.  

It should be served semi frozen, so remove it from the 
freezer for a few minutes before you eat it. You can 
unmold it or just eat it straight from the bowl - we 
started to just eat it from the bowl - drawing a line 
through the center so we could share it - haha!  

Amazing - wow your friends and family or just 
yourself with this one.  

Now to the winner of our MacKenzie-Childs giveaway 

was chosen randomly and 
is the winner of the beautiful tea towel. 
 She told me she doesn't often comment, 
so it was a good thing 
she did this time!  Congratulations!


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. Oh Jackie, my mouth is watering, the semi-fredo sounds amazing! Congrats to Barb!

  2. This dessert looks so decadent! You certainly come up with some fabulous desserts! Barb received her Tea Towel!

    1. Yes I did! It was exciting to receive a treat from you fabulous gals.

  3. What a lovely decadent dessert. I don't think I have ever tasted Semifreddo. Something new to try. Congrats to barb on winning the MKc gift.

  4. I adore hearing from you...have followed you for years, and never miss a post! As much as I have traveled, I was not familiar with Semifreddo...thank you for sharing this decadent treat. I love your gift of entertaining from the heart. She may be a countess, but YOURS is fit for a king! Blessings & Happy Spring sweet friend!

  5. Yay! Congratulations to the winner! Yummy, I would love this dessert. As soon as Lent is over, I'm making it. Pinned!

  6. Oh this looks so rich and decadent. Congratulations to lucky Barb.........


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