Coffee semifreddo

Prep: 20 mins Plus freezing


Serves 8
This elegant dessert is easy to slice straight from the freezer

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable


  • kcal365
  • fat28g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs24g
  • sugars23g
  • fibre0g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.16g
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  • 1 tbsp instant coffee
  • 1 tbsp Tia Maria or brandy
  • 4 large eggs, separated



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  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 300ml pot double cream
  • 100g/4oz pack honeycomb Toblerone, finely chopped
  • dark chocolate curls, to decorate


  1. Oil and line a 1-litre loaf tin with cling film. Put the coffee, Tia Maria or brandy, egg yolks and sugar in a bowl and stir to dissolve the coffee. Put the egg whites in a large bowl and pour the cream in another.

  2. Beat the egg whites until stiff with an electric whisk, then quickly beat the egg yolk mixture until thick and leaving a trail. Now beat the cream until it holds its shape. If you beat everything in this order, you don’t need to wash the whisks in between.

  3. Fold the cream into the coffee mixture, then carefully fold in the whites. Fold through the Toblerone and tip into the loaf tin. Lightly cover the surface with cling film. When frozen, overwrap in foil and freeze. Will keep for up to 6 weeks. You can make the chocolate curls (see video link, above, for instructions) and keep them in a airtight container or freeze.

  4. To serve, unwrap and turn onto a platter. Strip off the cling film and serve topped with the chocolate curls.

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Comments (62)

yhnnvq's picture

I've made this twice now and it has turned out great on both occasions. Can't beat the coffee/chocolate combination.

cunnitra's picture

I made the orange and grand marnier variant for Christmas day. With hot chocolate sauce. It was delicious! Made it again for new year eve party tonight

strawberrywhip's picture

Gorgeous..made it for boxing day pud..

graley's picture

Made as an alternative to Christmas pudding.
I made chocolate sauce to pour on it and used Kalua in place of Tia Maria.
The only drawback is that it has a short serving time as it obviously starts to melt as soon as it leaves the freezer so soon looks a little sad!

stripy-cat's picture

Lovely flavours and really easy to make. Sadly I have an egg intolerance and could only have a tiny taste but all my guests thought it a winner. You can buy coffee flavoured chocolate by Green and Blacks and it was really nice grated on the top.

lovelycook's picture

An excellent get-ahead dessert for a dinner party. Either version is lovely

busej83's picture

What happens to the yolks?

missflops's picture

This tastes absolutely fabulous and its so easy to make. I used a hazelnut liqueur which worked beautifully. This is definitely one to do again and again.

marydally's picture

easy to make, tastes fantastic and it is easily adapted to whatever alcohol you wish to use. i have made 3 various one and an non-alcoholic one as well, they will go down great at christmas

susiedawnjones's picture

Made this using the orange and grand mariner and it could not have been easier or tastier! Will definitely be making this again

imbrennan's picture

We had friends round for dinner last night and I made this dessert for the first time though just with normal Toblerone. It was absolutely fabulous and some of us had second helpings! I did put a little bit more Tia Maria in though. I wasn't able to make chocolate curls but just shaved the side of a thin 70% chocolate bar and got lots of little chocolate curl/flakes.

Am off to the States soon and intend to make this for friends for Thanksgiving. Not sure whether I can get Toblerone in the U.S. so will look out for Aldi's Moser Roth Toffee Crunch. They also make a Moser Roth with Orange and Almonds I think so that would probably be great with the orange liqueur version.

Definitely recommended to impress friends!

horseydollops's picture

Wonderful flavours textures and impressive look and freezes very well an all time favourite!!!!!

janer0binson's picture

love it, no-one believes it's home-made when I serve this up.

m_saafan's picture

I made this for a family gathering and it went very well, even with my mother-in-law that went for seconds, something she rarely does! I'm not much of an expert, so it was very messy trying to put together, everything kept splashing on the walls when using an electric whisk I'm not used to.
I used a shallow round tin so the chocolate chunks would distribute evenly after seeing them sink in the suggested loaf tin. I thought it was a bit too sweet, I think next time I'll use less sugar and maybe even use dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate.

pondwater's picture

i used good quality milk chocolate and a crunchie bar.honeycomb toblerone are hard to come by (and expensive) where I live. I substituted the brandy for orange juice (coffee + orange juice created an irresistible flavour!). overall, it was a great and easy recipe and the family just loved it!

mcamp's picture

Have made the coffee version a couple of times now and its delicious. Omitted the choc. curls and just grated some choc on top instead. Be careful not to leave out too long as it melts very quickly. Going to try with vanilla and strawberries or raspberries on Sunday for Easter pudding so the young ones can share - begrudgingly!

cvlewis1's picture

Extremely tasty, we all had seconds. The chocolate does need to be chopped finely or it sinks - I will grate it next time. I also whipped the egg whites too stiffly so they were hard to fold in and I ended up knocking some of the air out so will whip to softer peaks in future. I used goats double cream (from waitrose) to make it dairy free for some lactose intolerant friends and it worked really well.

karinannapfetzer's picture

This is a fantastic recipe! Everybody loves it. I usually use a dark chocolate with honeycomb or almond pieces. And so easy.

karinannapfetzer's picture

This is a fantastic recipe! Everybody loves it. I usually use a dark chocolate with honeycomb or almond pieces. And so easy.

clootiedumplin's picture

Made both the coffee and the Grand Marnier, but the Orange flavoured won "hands down", definately my favourite boozy dessert! Couldn't find honeycomb toblerone either, so improvised with "Chocolate orange segments" Yuuummmeeee!!!!
Suppose you could experiment with different flavoured chocolates, and liquers, the options are endless


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