Dark Cherry Semifreddo

Oh how cherries abound these days, it makes me such a happy girl.  I’m thankful that somehow I escaped the effects that awful childhood cherry medicine has on some people, and frankly, I can’t get enough of them.  Rainiers, Bings, and my most recent discovery, Strawberry Cherries, I will take them all!  So here is one of my recent cherry celebration dishes, creamy smooth dark cherry semifreddo.  It is absolutely heavenly, and if you want, you can add some dark chocolate chunks to point it down the Cherry Garcia direction.

Whisk egg yolks and sugar over a double boiler, until it gets frothy and thick:

Fold in whipped cream to lighten, along with the cherries:

Freeze for 4 hours until set.

Dark Cherry Semifreddo

Yield: 6-8 servings

Dark Cherry Semifreddo


  • 12 oz fresh cherries, pitted and roughly chopped (or frozen dark sweet cherries)
  • 8 extra large egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp high quality cherry liqueur
  • 1/3 cup sugar+3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Set up a double boiler (a heatproof bowl set over a pot with an inch of simmering water), and prepare an ice bath that the bowl can be set into later. Place the egg yolks, cherry liqueur, 1/3 cup sugar, and salt into the bowl. Cook for about 10 minutes, whisking frequently so the egg doesn’t scramble, until the mixture reaches 160 degrees F on an instant read thermometer and is a nice pale yellow color.
  2. Take the egg mixture bowl off the pot and place it into the ice bath to cool.
  3. In a medium bowl using a mixer, whip the heavy cream until frothy. Add in the 3 tbsp sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extract, and whip to soft peaks. Remove the egg custard from the ice bath, and add 1/3 of the whipped cream to it to lighten. Fold in the rest of the cream.
  4. Put the pitted cherries down into the bottom of a glass loaf pan, and pour the custard on top. Cover the top directly with plastic wrap so a skin doesn't form, and freeze for at least 4 hours. When you're ready to serve, rub the outside of the pan with a hot towel, then invert onto a plate and slice. Enjoy!

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  • avatar irene July 26, 2011, 10:10 am

    Looks wonderful ! Thank you

  • avatar Ann July 26, 2011, 10:34 am

    Oh, Delicious! I love semi-freddo…. this one is SO beautiful! Thanks!

  • avatar Platanos, Mangoes and Me! July 26, 2011, 10:49 am

    Delicious and beautiful…piece of art!

  • avatar mjskit July 26, 2011, 11:02 am

    This looks like a PERFECT summer dessert! Can’t beat the ingredients and love the fact that you don’t have to bake it. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  • avatar Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts July 26, 2011, 11:08 am

    Looks delicious! I want to try semi-freddo sometime. I have never had it. I just hear Giada in my head every time I read it saying it with an Italian accent :)

  • avatar Becka (The Elegant Eggplant) July 26, 2011, 11:12 am

    This is TOTALLY beautiful :)

  • avatar Leah Taylor July 26, 2011, 11:39 am

    This looks amazing!!!

  • avatar Colleen M. July 26, 2011, 11:58 am

    This looks so delicious! I’m going to get extra cherries when I’m up in Traverse City this weekend so I can make this when I get home :)

  • avatar Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide July 29, 2011, 1:46 pm

    Such a great recipe and I’m really enjoying ones that don’t call for ice cream makers. I don’t have one. Those cherries look beautiful.

  • avatar Meg July 29, 2011, 2:35 pm

    I’m ashamed to say I’ve never even heard of semifreddo, but I must correct that soon!

  • avatar Platanos, Mangoes and Me! September 10, 2011, 8:30 pm

    You are making me crazy…Wow does this look good…


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