Caramelised cherries with amaretti semi freddo…

Caramelised cherries with amaretti semi freddo…

Amazing hot and cold combo.

Semi freddo is the Italian for semi frozen and this is quite literally how this easy ice cream is served, there are no fiddly beatings to do once it goes into the freezer, mix together, freeze and 3-4 hours later you have a fab summer pud that complements the hot caramel cherries perfectly.

Serves 4
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Freezing time: 3-4 hours
Cooking time: 5-7 minutes

You will need- Amaretti semi freddo:

  • 3 medium eggs, separated
  • 75 g (3 oz) caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 400 ml (14 fl oz) double cream
  • 150 g (5 oz) amaretti biscuits, finely chopped

Caramelised cherries:

  • 200 g (7 oz) granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cold water
  • 6 tablespoons boiling water
  • 400 g (14 oz) British cherries, stalks and stones removed


To make the semi freddo:

  1. Add the egg yolks, sugar and vanilla to one large bowl, the egg whites to another and the cream to a third slightly smaller bowl. 
  2. Whisk the egg whites with a handheld electric mixer until stiffly peaking. 
  3. Using the still dirty whisk, whisk the egg yolks and sugar together for 4-5 minutes until thick and pale.
  4. Rinse the whisk beaters, dry and then softly whip the cream.
  5. Fold the cream into the egg yolk mix then the crushed biscuits and finally the whisked egg whites. 
  6. Spoon the mixture into a large metal loaf tin, cover the top loosely with clingfilm then freeze the mixture for 3-4 hours or until firm enough to scoop.
  7. About 30 minutes before serving, add the granulated sugar and cold water to a frying pan for the caramelised cherries, heat gently until the sugar has dissolved, stirring very occasionally. 
  8. Increase the heat and boil for 3-5 minutes, without stirring until the syrup is golden.
  9. Take the pan off the heat, add 2 tablespoons boiling water and stand well back as the hot syrup will spit. 
  10. When the bubbles have subsided slightly tilt the pan to mix the extra water into the syrup. 
  11. Drizzle 6 tablespoons of the hot caramel over a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper.
  12. Quickly add the 4 more tablespoons of boiling water to the syrup still in the pan then the cherries, heat together for 3-4 minutes until the syrup has remelted and the cherries have softened and coloured the syrup. 
  13. Set aside until ready to serve. 
  14. Transfer caramel on the paper to the fridge to harden.
  15. Scoop the just set semi freddo into bowls, reheat the caramelised cherries, if needed, spoon over semi freddo and decorate with the chilled caramel, broken into shards. 
  16. Serve immediately!


  • Short of time? Serve the caramelised cherries over scoops of good quality ready made vanilla ice cream.

Recipe and photo credits- Seasonal Berries


Hi, I am Claire and I created Claire Justine in 2011. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them. Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts with us.



  1. mary_smith
    August 4, 2012 / 12:36 pm

    YUM! Brand new follower from Aloha blog hop!

    • Clairejustine
      August 4, 2012 / 7:09 pm

      Hi Mary thanks for following,hopping over to follow back 🙂

  2. Evelyn Osborn
    August 4, 2012 / 12:42 pm

    Wow! This looks and sounds terrific. I love hot over cold anytime:)

    • Clairejustine
      August 4, 2012 / 7:11 pm

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. Judy Haughton-James
    August 4, 2012 / 12:56 pm

    Looks so-o-o yummy Clairejustine. I hope your weekend is going well. We are on a Tropical Storm Watch. We hope Ernesto keeps away!:)

    • Clairejustine
      August 4, 2012 / 7:14 pm

      Thanks Judy,I hope everything is ok with the storm,keep safe

  4. Camille
    August 4, 2012 / 4:02 pm

    This looks so yummy, I just hope I don't mess it up!

    • Clairejustine
      August 5, 2012 / 9:03 pm

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  5. Winnie
    August 4, 2012 / 7:15 pm

    WOWWWW looks GREATI think you forgot to add this line:eating time – 5 secondsLOL

    • Clairejustine
      August 5, 2012 / 9:04 pm

      Lol thats such a good line 🙂

  6. Brit
    August 4, 2012 / 11:36 pm

    I need to try this!

    • Clairejustine
      August 5, 2012 / 9:05 pm

      Thanks for stoppibg by and leaving a comment,Seasonal Berries recipes are amazing 🙂

  7. Brit
    August 4, 2012 / 11:37 pm

    By the way I love LOVE your dishes.

  8. obat peninggi badan
    August 7, 2012 / 4:28 am

    good posting about"Caramelised cherries with amaretti semi freddo.."

    • Clairejustine
      August 10, 2012 / 6:45 pm

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

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