Citrus Semifreddo

TOTAL TIME: 8 hr 25 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: 8 hr
Cook: 5 min
 
YIELD: 8 servings
LEVEL: --

ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 4 ounces purchased amaretti cookies, crushed (about 20 small cookies) plus more for sprinkling
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus 1/4 cup
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons limoncello
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 lime, zested
  • 1 cup whipping cream
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Directions

Spray a 9 by 5 by 3-inch metal loaf pan with nonstick spray. Line the pan with plastic wrap, allowing the excess to hang over the ends and sides.
Combine the crushed amaretti cookies and the melted butter. Put in the lined pan and press down to firm and form a crust.

Whisk 1/2 cup of the sugar, the egg yolks, lemon juice, lime juice, limoncello, and salt in a large metal bowl to blend. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (do not allow the bottom of the bowl to touch the water). Whisk the egg mixture until it is thick and creamy, and a thermometer inserted into the mixture registers 160 degrees F, about 5 minutes. Set the bowl of custard into another bowl of ice water to cool completely. Stir in the zest.

Using an electric mixer, beat the cream and remaining 1/4 cup sugar in another large bowl until firm peaks form. Using a large rubber spatula, gently fold the whipped cream into the custard. Spoon the mixture onto the prepared crust. Fold the overhanging plastic wrap over the custard and freeze until frozen, at least 8 hours or up to 3 days.

Unfold the plastic wrap. Invert the semifreddo onto a platter and peel off the plastic wrap. Cut the semifreddo into 1-inch slices and sprinkle with crushed amaretti cookies and serve.

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  • on September 17, 2014

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    I prepared this recipe exactly as written with one exception....I didn't have any limoncello, so I substituted Triple Sec..the result was even more spectacular, with a hint of orange citrus mixed with the lemon and lime! This is a beautiful and creamy frozen dessert..not too heavy...two pieces at one sitting is certainly within reason. It pairs well with your favorite cup of good strong coffee.
    The only frustration was that I had to wait overnite for the semifreddo to " freeze" before I could eat it. This is a labor intensive recipe, but well worth your time and effort! Thumbs up!

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  • on January 16, 2012

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    Delicous,elegant,creamy,lemony,made recipe as instructed. I also made the espresso semifreddo.
    I can't decide which I like best. Thank you Giada,you are amazing and you make me look good.
    Kudos to you ,you elegant, beautiful young woman.
    Ellenmom

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  • on September 07, 2011

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    Very tasty; my husband and brother-in-law loved this dessert. Will make it again soon!!!

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