Pistachio and Chocolate Semifreddo

Posted: August 26, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Dessert
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Pistachio and Chocolate Semifreddo 

Semifreddo is an italian dessert which is typically a frozen dessert like an ice cream but not compelety ice cream. It has a texture of frozen mousse because it is made by combining equal parts of ice cream and whipped cream. I had this dessert long time back in an italian restaurant and love the texture and wanted to try this at home. The best part is you can make this couple of days ahead if you are entertaining  and serve it as a dessert. Your guests will be thrilled to see something like this and will enjoy every bite by complimenting. Also, you don’t have to cook anything for making this dessert. You can make individual serving or can use any mould to freeze the same and cut in desired shapes before serving. 

Pistachio and Chocolate Semifreddo

Pistachio and Chocolate Semifreddo

Recipe Adapted from: here 

For Pistachio Semifreddo:  


  • 200 ml heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup pistachio paste
  • 2 eggs separated
  • 3Tbsp sugar


  • Line a loaf pan with parchment paper. Make sure to leave plenty of paper around the edges so that you can fold over to cover the freddo.
  • Combine egg yolks and sugar first and then add pistachio paste and mix everything well.
  • Beat in egg whites until peak forms.  In another bowl whip the cream until medium peak forms but before it loses its liquidity.
  • Combine egg yolk-pistachio mixture with egg whites and fold in lightly with the help of rubber spatula until fully incorporated.
  • Now Fold in cream with the mixture , do this gently but quickly and make sure you get a homogenous mixture.
  • Once you get the homogenous mixture, pour half of the mixture  into the prepared loaf pan.

 For Chocolate semifreddo : 


  •  50g dark unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 3Tbsp sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 100 ml heavy cream


  • Melt chocolate in double boiler until smooth and shiny or no longer solid. Remove from heat and continue to stir until it gets cool down. Now add egg yolks  and sugar and blend at high-speed until it incorporated completely.
  • Beat in egg whites until medium peak forms.  In another bowl whip the cream until soft peak forms but before it loses its liquidity.
  • Combine egg yolks-chocolate mixture with egg whites and fold in lightly with the help of rubber spatula until fully incorporated.
  • Now fold in cream with the mixture , do this gently but quickly and make sure you get a homogenous mixture.
  • Once you get the homogenous mixture, pour it into the prepared loaf pan on top of  pistachio freddo and then pour the remaining pistachio mixture on top of the chocolate as if you making a layer of three.
  • Fold the parchment paper on top and keep it in freezer. Freeze at least 4 to 5 hours before serving or overnight or even couple of days ahead. If you making this couple of days ahead make sure to take out before serving or else it will too hard on serving.
  • For serving remove the loaf pan from the freezer and open the parchment paper from top. Turn the semifreddo out of the loaf pan to a serving platter and remove the parchment paper. With a knife dip in hot water, slice the semifreddo into slices and garnish with some pistachio and serve.


Pistachio and Chocolate Semifreddo

Pistachio and Chocolate Semifreddo

 Its so refreshing!

  1. Hi! Your semifreddo recipe was nominated as one of the “Best 300 Semifreddo Recipes on the Net”. To vote for it, please visit http://easyitalianrecipes.org/dessert-recipes/best-300-italian-semifreddo-recipes-on-the-net-vote-for-your-favorite/ – your recipe is positioned at #111 (random order).

  2. suma says:

    Hi Suman! This dessert is just my kid of thing, love make ahead and freeze stuff to indulge my sweet tooth when I feel too lazy to whip up a sweet treat. This sounds yummy yumm. Book marked!!

  3. kothiyavunu says:

    Superb ..loved the look,Yum just wanna grab tht plate!!

  4. bergamot says:

    Looks really delicious

  5. Heavenly! Love the little Pistachio there, its my new found love! Blend of both chocolate and Pistachio takes it to new height! 😀

  6. kshipra says:

    That looks awesome. absolutely tempting.

  7. akila says:

    Wow thats so marvelous dear…. book marked…


  8. Jagruti says:

    Looks divine..great clicks too !

  9. What a lovely dessert!! makes me drool

  10. kitchen flavours says:

    This certainly does look refreshing! Lovely dessert!

  11. Fathima says:

    That is an easy and awesome dessert!

  12. Nithu says:

    Looks so divine. Love to have a bite of it.

  13. Deesha says:

    wow, this one is absolutely yummy

  14. Tes says:

    I am so gonna make this on the weekend. It sounds so delicious! It looks so beautiful, too.

  15. Always wanted to make semifreddo but never got round to it….looks yum and very elegant

  16. This looks so delicious. I’d like to try out for its taste and texture–frozen mousse? I begin to think of frozen bubbles.

  17. Nandini says:

    I love the texture formed in the semifreddo and the addition of pista. The dessert is divine!

  18. sounds great,heard abt this for the first time…surely a worth try & a yummy delight

  19. uma says:

    looks awesome.. havent heard of this.. am eager to try this!

  20. Simply Life says:

    woooow! pistachios are one of my favorite things to have with chocolate! this looks like perfection!

  21. peanutts says:

    wow, that looks very tempting.

  22. Joanne says:

    I must be a bad Italian because I’ve never had this before! I love the texture of mousse though…I’m sure I would love this!

  23. Aipi says:

    Semifreddo is absolutely fabulous..hubby is standing right behind me asking me when I am going to make this for him!:)
    You ROCK..Dear!!

  24. Tanvi says:

    Hey I made this last month with butterscotch chips & bitter sweet chocolate.
    And added a layer of graham crackers at the bottom.Your pistachio -chocolate combo looks yummy and I can see its so airy!

  25. satya says:

    wow suman its truly drool worthy dessert …thank q somuch for sharing this beautiful n yummy dish …bookmarked ..i will surely try this very soon

  26. Namitha says:

    That looks too tempting..but I’m always bit scared about raw eggs :(, even before the salmonella problems…But this is making me to try some soon 🙂

  27. Krishnaveni says:

    unique dessert, looks great

  28. Wow that’s a wonderful dessert !!! awesome pics Suman !!

  29. Priya says:

    Wowww wat a fabulous looking semifreddo, very tempting..

  30. Yummy Team says:

    Never tasted it before!! Looks extremely tasty..

  31. Mary says:

    This is a perfect dessert for summer. It really looks delicious. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  32. Deepa says:

    wow, thats a drool worthy click and so is the dessert..I am game for this on..thanks so much for visiting my blog..You too have an interesting recipe collection..will be a frequent visitor..

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