Fistfuls of fresh mint are steeped in the custard base of this Mint Stracciatella Semifreddo; a slow simmer releases the herb’s oils into the base without leeching any color. The key to extracting the most mint flavor is to bruise the mint beforehand; chopping herbs ruptures only the plant cells that the knife touches. Instead, bruise herbs with a rolling pin or a wooden spoon to rupture more of the cell walls and free the flavorful oils. To make the dreamy swirls in this dessert, gently fold the chocolate into the custard-cream mixture, stirring just once or twice. (The mixture will continue to combine when it’s poured into the pan before freezing.)

Paige Grandjean
Liz Mervosh
June 2019

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Greg DuPree

Recipe Summary

active:
30 mins
total:
8 hrs 30 mins
Yield:
8
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Line a 9- x 5-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving a 4-inch overhang on all sides. Beat heavy cream with an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment on medium-high speed until medium peaks form, about 1 minute and 30 seconds. Cover and chill until ready to use.

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  • Bring 1 inch of water to a simmer in a medium pot over medium. Place chocolate and coconut oil in a medium heatproof bowl; place bowl over simmering water. Cook, stirring often, until mixture is melted and combined, about 4 minutes. Remove bowl, and cool chocolate mixture 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, whisk together eggs, sugar, mint, vanilla, and salt in another medium heatproof bowl; place bowl over simmering water. Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture reaches 165°F, about 18 minutes. Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, pressing on solids to extract all liquid; discard solids. Beat on high speed until thick, fluffy, and room temperature, 6 to 8 minutes.

  • Fold half of whipped cream into egg mixture. Fold in remaining whipped cream until just incorporated. Drizzle chocolate mixture over top, and gently fold into egg mixture, 2 to 3 times, to create a swirl. Pour mixture into prepared pan, and fold overhanging plastic wrap over top. Freeze at least 8 hours or up to 2 days. To serve, invert onto a plate, remove plastic wrap, and cut into slices.