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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:

Caramelised cherries:


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!


Recipe and photo credits- Seasonal Berries

15 comments so far.

15 responses to “Caramelised cherries with amaretti semi freddo”

  1. mary_smith says:

    YUM! Brand new follower from Aloha blog hop!

  2. Evelyn Osborn says:

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

  3. Judy Haughton-James says:

    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!:)

  4. Camille says:

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

  5. Winnie says:

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

  6. Brit says:

    I need to try this!

  7. Brit says:

    By the way I love LOVE your dishes.

  8. obat peninggi badan says:

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

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