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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:  

Ingredients:  

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

 Preparation:  

  • 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 : 

 Ingredients: 

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

 Preparation:  

  • 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!

Recipe Yields: 12-14 biscotti

Chocolate Biscotti with Pistachios
 
Biscotti(pronounced bis kotti) is a twice baked Italian biscuits/cake. I have already made and posted cranberries biscotti which was a huge hit at my house and I do not even remember how many times I have baked it after my first attempt. So, this time wanted to try the chocolate version with pistachios and hence made this.
Chocolate Biscotti with Pistachios

Chocolate Biscotti with Pistachios

 
 
 
INGREDIENTS:
  • 1  1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cups dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 8 Tablespoons or one stick unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 Extra large eggs at room temperature
  • 1  1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 3/4 cups roughly chopped pistachios
  • 1  1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder
PREPARATION:
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Mark an area of 12 inch long and 3 inch wide approximately on the parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Sift together flour, dutch process cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside. In a bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle attachments, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Add eggs one at a time and beat until combined, beat in vanilla , instant coffee powder and orange zest. Add flour mixture and mix on low-speed till just combined. Stir roughly chopped pistachios to the flour mixture using rubber spatula.
  • Transfer the dough to the baking sheet lined with parchment paper, dough will be sticky, use wet hands to handle the dough easily. Turn out the dough into a log  of 12 inch long and  3 inch wide.
  • Bake until the log is almost firm to touch or lightly golden brown, about 35-40 minutes.  Remove from oven, transfer to a wire rack and cool for 30 minutes.
  • Place the log on the cutting board and cut into slices 3/4 inch thick on the diagonal. Arrange the biscotti, cut side down on the parchment paper and bake for 12-13 minutes or until crisp and dry. Transfer the biscotti to a rack and cool completely. Store the biscotti’s in air tight container and enjoy.
Chocolate Biscotti with Pistachios

Chocolate Biscotti with Pistachios