Hands up if you know what a 'semifreddo' is? 

If you're not familiar with this term it's simply a light semi-frozen dessert; like a frozen mousse. It's one of my favorite types of dessert and also one of the easiest to make yourself. It also goes a long way and is super impressive to serve up. For those of us living in the Southern Hemisphere, this would make for an ideal Christmas lunch/dinner treat. Better than the traditional Pavlova. Ok I might have crossed a line with that one but you could do what our family does and have both! 

And our Northern friends could also enjoy this too. Winter be damned.

As much as I loathe and complain of the perils of an Australian summer; oh hello ridiculously scorching sun and unsightly tan lines, like yesterdays patchy right arm sunburn from driving around all day. Remarkably I can still find some good. For example the abundance of tempting and enticing fruit. Like mangoes or berries, peaches too. Then of course there's cherries.

Those bad boys pictured above are curtesy of the overgrown cherry tree in my parents front yard.

Every year at the start of December that tree turns from a leafy green mass to being lush with plump red baubles of fruit. It's impressive really, they always come away with crates laden with cherries. Mind you, those crates never last long with my father. This year I managed to grab a heap to add to this chocolate semifreddo. And the results were positive. I'm not a fan of "cherry ripe" bars or anything with artificial or candied cherries period. I prefer it in it's natural state. And this recipe manages to catch and retain it's authenticity whilst also bringing chocolate to the party.

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 INGREDIENTS: 
200g dark chocolate
3 eggs, separated and at room temperature
300ml thickened cream
400g fresh cherries, pitted and cut in half
1 tsp vanilla extract

Grease and line a  cm x  cm loaf pan with baking paper.
Melt dark chocolate in the microwave, making sure to stir at 60 second increments.
Allow to cool slightly before adding in egg yolks. Stir until just combined.
Beat cream until whipped then combine to chocolate mixture.
Add the vanilla extract and cherries and mix well.
In a seperate bowl beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form then fold into chocolate mixture.
Pour into loaf pan and flatten the surface. Cover and freeze for a minimum of six hours or leave overnight.
To serve, dust with cocoa powder and top with more fresh cherries.

Et voila.
Hands up if you know what a 'semifreddo' is? 

If you're not familiar with this term it's simply a light semi-frozen dessert; like a frozen mousse. It's one of my favorite types of dessert and also one of the easiest to make yourself. It also goes a long way and is super impressive to serve up. For those of us living in the Southern Hemisphere, this would make for an ideal Christmas lunch/dinner treat. Better than the traditional Pavlova. Ok I might have crossed a line with that one but you could do what our family does and have both! 

And our Northern friends could also enjoy this too. Winter be damned.

As much as I loathe and complain of the perils of an Australian summer; oh hello ridiculously scorching sun and unsightly tan lines, like yesterdays patchy right arm sunburn from driving around all day. Remarkably I can still find some good. For example the abundance of tempting and enticing fruit. Like mangoes or berries, peaches too. Then of course there's cherries.

Those bad boys pictured above are curtesy of the overgrown cherry tree in my parents front yard.

Every year at the start of December that tree turns from a leafy green mass to being lush with plump red baubles of fruit. It's impressive really, they always come away with crates laden with cherries. Mind you, those crates never last long with my father. This year I managed to grab a heap to add to this chocolate semifreddo. And the results were positive. I'm not a fan of "cherry ripe" bars or anything with artificial or candied cherries period. I prefer it in it's natural state. And this recipe manages to catch and retain it's authenticity whilst also bringing chocolate to the party.

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 INGREDIENTS: 
200g dark chocolate
3 eggs, separated and at room temperature
300ml thickened cream
400g fresh cherries, pitted and cut in half
1 tsp vanilla extract

Grease and line a  cm x  cm loaf pan with baking paper.
Melt dark chocolate in the microwave, making sure to stir at 60 second increments.
Allow to cool slightly before adding in egg yolks. Stir until just combined.
Beat cream until whipped then combine to chocolate mixture.
Add the vanilla extract and cherries and mix well.
In a seperate bowl beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form then fold into chocolate mixture.
Pour into loaf pan and flatten the surface. Cover and freeze for a minimum of six hours or leave overnight.
To serve, dust with cocoa powder and top with more fresh cherries.

Et voila.

84 comments

  1. Gorgeous dessert! It looks so delicious

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  2. OMG! It looks so delicious!! Yummy thanks for sharing!
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    1. Totally OMG, Sonia!!! Your foodart looks so mouth-watering, like the cherries of it wanna give me a kiss. Sweetest sin! <3 Happy Friday!

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    2. I never quite looked at them that way, but now all I can see are cherry lips! xx

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  3. This must taste soooo good! Drool worthy post Sonia!!!
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  4. Ohhmmy please don't!!!
    This makes me crave right now. :(

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  5. Oh yum that looks delicious! Perfect for Christmas dessert! Although I agree, with a pavlova and not in place of it. I don't think anything can fully replace a pav...even if it does have chocolate in it....ha!

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    1. Hehehe, so true. The Pav must stay! xx

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  6. Oh I would die to taste the semifreddo!!! Looks absolutely divine!

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  7. This dessert looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe, I can't wait to try it!
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  8. wow this Looks so amazing

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  9. Seriously this looks freaking good :) The photos are just amazing! Awesome job..

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  10. This is what I call a heaven dessert so delicious and perfect to serve for the holiday.

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  11. The pictures are amazing! I love the post:)

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  12. WOW!!!
    This is amazing!!
    I wanna do that!
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  13. OH MY GOD. That looks amazing.
    I will have to try it.

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  14. This looks sooooo good. I'm not skilled with cakes, but will forward to my bf who is quite the chef. Very nice!
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  15. Wow, looks so yummmy, I will be trying soon :)
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  16. Lovely dessert, dear! Semi-freddo is very popular in Singapore too. I love it! xoxo

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  17. i have never had this, but it looks so lovely. i hope to find it in america

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  18. Oh wow! This looks amazing! Cherries are my favourite. Gemma xx
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  19. cherries and chocolate are my absolute favorite combination!! and thank you so much for your kind words :)
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  20. I really love you :) I see you for a long time, I'm impressed!


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  21. I would like to taste it) This post is absolutely stunning!

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  22. I love semifreddi and dark chocolate :)

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  23. This looks amazing! Definitely a very suiting holiday dessert :) Enjoy lovely! xo

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  24. It looks perfect!! Delicious!!!
    xoox
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  25. So delicious and easy recipe
    Can't wait to try it
    Thanks for sharing
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  26. Beautiful photos :)

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  27. You had me at cherries and dark chocolate. I'm not usually one who goes for dessert but I think I would totally dig this one. And you're right. It does sound quite simple to make! Thanks for sharing babe!

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  28. Love this <3

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  29. I wanna try it!

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  30. Ehrmahgerd, Sonia! This looks so delicious! Can you make this with any fruit you like? Anyhoo, thanks for sharing the recipe. Your food porn always makes me drool:D

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  31. Wow, this semifreddo sounds delicious!!!!
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  32. Sonia, big bravo! Im so watering and hopefully is already lunch time here! I love semifreddo, being Italian is very popular here and all the year round, not only in summer. U did a good job! xo

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    1. Wow thanks Lilli! Praise from an Italian. I'm blushing right now xx

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  33. Gosh! I love your food porn Thursday!! And no, I didn't knew it was called "semifreddo" but I had a lot of semi-frozen desserts before since it's almost always scorching in my country most desserts are like that :)

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  34. Oh my God, don't do that to me, please!! Yummy, want to eat!!
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  35. Wow, this looks amazing!! Great pictures!
    Have a lovely weekend:)
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  36. Thanks for sharing, cos this dessert look fantastic and must taste better


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  37. So nice! Have a great weekend.

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  38. Holy Yum!!!

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  39. Oh yum! My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures! It looks so impressive! Happy Friday!
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  40. ooooh my Sonia!! This is so tempting, I almost have to stop myself from grabbing them right from my computer screen!! Nothing beats fresh and homegrown fruits like your cherries here, and thanks to your parents for that. Boy, you are seriously making me hungry at this hour of the wee morning *_^

    Oh by the way, Melvita is a sister brand of L'Occitane, the well-known French brand, thought you may be keen to know.
    Hope you are gearing up to Christmas!

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  41. OH MY GOODNESS, these look so delicious ♥

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  42. Oh wow, these looks so yummy! I'd love to try them out, I've never heard of semifreddo before. Thanks so much for sharing, lovely, and I hope you have a wonderful day and weekend ahead :)

    XO,

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  43. mmm delicious :)
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  44. No way, you're kidding? It looks way harder to create so I'm really taken aback at how easy it is! You're a genius and I'll try to make this soon, maybe this weekend and if I do then I'll tag you on IG hun.

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    1. It is super easy Shireen and YES please Insta me if you do attempt it! xx

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  45. Ohh my goodness! I love anything that's cherry and chocolate, this looks very tasty! I need to make this ASAP.

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  46. So beautiful recipe!!! It seems amazing!!! Kisses from Italy and thank you for your visit,
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  47. Nope, I've never heard of semifreddo before... though I wish I had, as I would have eaten it MANY times over. This looks so delicious Sonia!

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  48. I kind of hate you rn because I need this! Love the picture! Wish I was skilled to make this (cannot even fry potatoes!)
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  49. I don't really like those Cherry Ripe bars either! And I guess I appreciate the Australian summer too haha! Great recipe hun :) I myself have been gorging on the sweet mangoes :')

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    1. Oooh I've only had one and I am so ashamed of this xx

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  50. Oohhhh that looks so yummy!

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  51. This is so yummy. I followed you in bloglovin lets connect and follow me too <33

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  52. When you're trying so hard to loose weight, that's when you come across yummy food. Ha!! Love it!

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  53. omg so yummy!
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  54. Oh my gosh, this looks so delicious!! x

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  55. OMG Sonia! This is what I call foodporn! And your photography is so amazing!! Love it!
    xx I need to visit you some day.
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  56. Being Italian,I very well know what a semifreddo is! ;)
    This one looks AMAZING and so delicious. I'll save this recipe for when cherries are in season here!
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  57. Oooh yummy ! :)
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  58. That looks so freaking delicious! I saw you post this on either IG or SC and I'm thinking dangit... She's totally being creative right now... Unlike me! LOL!

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  59. I have heard of this dessert, but I have never tried it! Looks very yummy.

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  60. I love your pics!
    This looks sooo tasty!
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  61. I know a lady that makes a delicious cherry cake and every time she come to my hometown she made it for me, and gosh I just LOVE that cake
    This one looks so amazing to! Thanks for sharing

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