Vanilla Bean Semifreddo Swirled with Jam

June  3, 2013
0 Ratings
  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 4 minutes
  • Serves 4-6
Author Notes

This was an invention of necessity - my kitchen had no ice cream maker. It was really hot, and I was really hungry. The base recipe is simple so you can swirl in chocolate chunks, fresh fruit, or my favorite - homemade strawberry jam. It's not molded like a typical semifreddo, because I like to be able to scoop it like ice cream. —Erin Jeanne McDowell

What You'll Need
  • 3 eggs (171 g)
  • 2 egg yolks (42 g)
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved and scraped
  • 1 cup sugar (200 g)
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, whipped to medium peaks (353 g)
  • strawberry or other jam, to taste
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk the eggs, yolks, vanilla, and sugar to combine. Place over a double boiler and heat until the sugar dissolves and the mixture reads 160 degrees on a thermometer.
  2. Transfer to the mixer and whip on medium high speed until pale and very thick, 4-5 minutes. Gently fold in the whipped cream to combine.
  3. Pour the mixture into a 13x9 casserole dish. Transfer to the freezer. It will take 2-4 hours for it to set completely. Fold gently 2-3 times while it is freezing. When it is almost frozen, generously dollop jam around the semifreddo. Use the blade of a butter knife to swirl it in. Freeze until ready to serve.
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3 Reviews

Paula A. August 20, 2013
Somehow I missed what to do with the whipped cream
Chris L. May 8, 2020
It isn't mentioned. Fold it into whipped egg mixture before freezing.
sexyLAMBCHOPx June 3, 2013
Reads awesome and love you can do this w/o an ice cream maker. Instead of jam, I will try with peanut butter. Thanks!