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Cherry and pistachio semifreddo

  • Vegetarian Diet

    Diet based on cereals, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits and other animal foods such as honey and eggs. Excludes meat, fish, mollusks.

  • Gluten Free Diet

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Cherry and pistachio semifreddo


In Italian, the word semifreddo means semi-frozen”. It is a refreshing dessert that resembles a frozen mousse and a more liquid ice cream. Its main ingredients are eggs, sugar, and heavy cream.

  • In a mixer’s bowl beat the heavy cream with the whisk attachment at high speed, until it has a yogurt-like texture. 
  • Pour the whipped cream into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until needed.
  • In a heatproof bowl add the egg, the yolks, the icing sugar, the vanilla extract, and transfer it over a pot with boiling water (bain-marie), making sure its bottom is not touching the water. 
  • Whisk the mixture constantly, while checking the temperature with a cooking thermometer until it reaches 72o C (160o F) and the eggs are cooked. 
  • Remove the bowl from the bain-marie and let it cool for 20 minutes. 
  • Line the bottom and the sides of a 10x30 cm loaf tin with plastic wrap, leaving some overhang on all sides.
  • Wash the cherries and cut them in half, removing the pits. 
  • Remove the bowl with the whipped cream from the refrigerator and add the egg mixture in it.
  • Add the cherries, the lemon zest, and the pistachios. Mix carefully and transfer the mixture to the loaf tin. 
  • Cover the dessert’s surface with the overhanging plastic wrap and freeze the semifreddo for 4-6 hours, until it thickens. 
  • Pull the plastic wrap from the sides and remove the semifreddo from the loaf tin. 
  • Cut into pieces and serve with extra cherries and pistachios.
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Nutrition information per portion

Calories (kcal)
15 %


Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

Total Fat (g)
33 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

Saturated Fat (g)
55 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

Total Carbs (g)
8 %


The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

Sugars (g)
21 %


Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

Protein (g)
10 %


It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

Fibre (g)
6 %


They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

Sodium (g)
1 %


A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.

*The nutritional chart and the symbols refer to the basic recipe and not to the serving suggestions.

*To calculate nutritional table data, we use software by Nutritics logo

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