Maple Semifreddo with Candied Pecans
Pastry chef Kierin Baldwin makes this insanely delicious, richly flavored, supercreamy semifreddo with a mix of maple syrup and maple sugar.
Vanilla Semifreddo and Orange Sorbet Terrine
Reminiscent of a Creamsicle, this creamy, tangy terrine can be made with a shortcut: store-bought orange sorbet.
This dessert, which is like the fluffiest, creamiest ice cream pie imaginable, was created by Spago’s pastry chef, Sherry Yard, for the opening of Spago Beverly Hills in 1997. It’s based on a Malakoff torte, which is a traditional Viennese layered cake. “For the warmer climates of California, we changed it to a semifreddo, which is perfect for summer,” says Wolfgang Puck.
Semifreddo, the luscious Italian dessert, is cold and creamy like ice cream but much simpler to make.
Almond Semifreddo with Caramelized Apples
Chef Tom Colicchio, the head judge of Bravo’s Top Chef, has made his restaurant Craft into a huge brand, which has helped his colleagues share in the limelight. Karen DeMasco, who cowrote The Craft of Baking with cookbook author Mindy Fox, is the former pastry chef at Craft and is known for recipes that are classically elegant yet approachable, like this supercreamy almond semifreddo (“half-frozen”) topped with warm caramelized apples.
Torrone is an Italian nougat made with honey, egg whites, sugar and nuts. It can be soft and chewy or hard and crunchy. The recipe here calls for folding crunchy store-bought nougat into whipped cream and honey, then freezing the mixture. What emerges is an utterly delicious, wonderfully simple ice cream–like dessert.
Inspired by the semifreddos at restaurants like Cut in Beverly Hills, F&W's Grace Parisi creates her own version of this frozen mousse—an easier-to-make alternative to ice cream.