Ricotta and Candied Fruit Semifreddo

Semifreddo is a semifrozen custard dessert. A cassata is a Sicilian sponge cake filled with ricotta cheese and candied fruits. This recipe[ combines the characteristics of a semifreddo and a cassata for a super-refreshing dessert that is both cold and tart.]

Total Time:
30 min
30 min

6 servings

  • 1/2 pound fresh ricotta, squeezed in cheesecloth if watery
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 5 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 cup blanched almonds, lightly toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • 1 lemon, zest julienned
  • 1 orange, zest julienned
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped semisweet chocolate
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries, rinsed and patted dry
  • Place the ricotta in a mixing bowl and whip it with an electric mixer or a whisk until smooth.

  • Place the heavy cream in a mixing bowl and whip it while adding the sugar a little at a time, until well incorporated.

  • Fold the whipped cream into the ricotta, then add the following ingredients 1 at a time, mixing carefully: almonds, pistachios, lemon zest, orange zest, and chocolate.

  • Refrigerate until serving, but don't let it sit for more than 1 hour, or it will lose its fluffiness. Add the strawberries just before serving so that they don't "bleed out" and color the dish.

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