Chocolate Semifreddo is one of the most popular desserts in Italy for Valentine's Day. Semifreddo, meaning 'half cold' is a popular Italian dessert made in many different flavours. The consistency of semifreddo is halfway between gelato and mousse, making it a popular summer dessert. It is not customary in Italy to mix the flavours, so it is always simply strawberry, chocolate, coffee or lemon, never a mixture of two or three. Normally, semifreddo is made in a loaf tin and served by the slice, but for special occasions it can be made in small glasses and decorated more elaborately.
- 200g of good, dark chocolate, broken into pieces
- 350ml of double cream
- 3 egg whites
- 4 egg yolks
- 75g of caster sugar
- Melt chocolate, either in a bowl over a pan of boiling water, or in the microwave. Set aside to cool slightly.
- Whip the cream until light and fluffy. Set aside.
- Whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
- Place the egg yolks and caster sugar into a bowl and whisk together with an electric whisk until pale and fluffy.
- Add the melted chocolate to the eggs and stir well until all the chocolate is combined.
- Carefully fold in the whipped cream, using a spatula.
- Fold in the egg whites and mix with the spatula until smooth. Do this very gently taking care not to deflate the mixture.
- Divide into small glasses or bowls and place in the freezer for no less than 4 hours.
- Remove how ever many portions you need a good 5 minutes before serving.
- Decorate as you like. Strawberries and other fruits are good, as is grated chocolate, chopped nuts, a little melted chocolate or a drizzle of cream. Be creative, especially on Valentine's Day!
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