Coffee semifreddo

Coffee semifreddo

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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



    Chocolate as we know it in pressed


  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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8th Apr, 2013
Fantastic & super-easy. I often make sorbets and gelato but this recipe really appealed to me so I made it to take to a family lunch for my dads birthday. Amongst us we have a coffee-flavour-hater, a non-dessert eater, a mildly lactose intolerant and one of those people who always say 'I'll just have a tiny taste'. Every one of them took a full serve and practically licked the plate afterwards. It was delicious! I sometimes cater events for friends and colleagues and this is going to prove invaluable as a make-ahead party-pleaser.
30th Mar, 2013
Absolutely lovely but really simple to make, used half normal Toblerone and half Crunchie, and Kaluha since I had no Tia Maria. Went down very well as boxing day pud, great 'cos could make a few days in advance and concentrate on the main meal :-) Have had requests to make it again - winner!
21st Mar, 2013
I've made this twice now and it has turned out great on both occasions. Can't beat the coffee/chocolate combination.
31st Dec, 2012
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
30th Dec, 2012
Gorgeous..made it for boxing day pud..
28th Dec, 2012
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!
25th Dec, 2012
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.
17th Dec, 2012
An excellent get-ahead dessert for a dinner party. Either version is lovely
16th Dec, 2012
What happens to the yolks?
10th Dec, 2012
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.


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