Lemon Ladyfinger Semifreddo

I’m taking the Blue Ribbon Challenge!

Lemon Ladyfinger Semifreddo | From My Sweet Heart

Well this is my first month participating in the Blue Ribbon Challenge!  This wonderful group is created and hosted by Anna from Crunchy Creamy Sweet.  Once a month, Anna chooses a delectable food theme.  We simply make it in any way we desire, post about it, and link up! The next day, we vote!  And the winner earns the coveted Blue Ribbon Badge!  Anna is such a sweetheart and this is such great fun!   So I encourage everyone to come and join in!  Follow the links for more information!

This month, the theme was semifreddo!  I have only attempted this once before when I made a Pistachio, Vanilla & Strawberry Semifreddo.  And though I think they turned out well, I must admit, I think ice cream is easier to make.  I don’t own an electric hand mixer…..so my arms got a work out with my whisk!  The result, however, is nothing short of sublime!  Lemony, light and luscious!  And this time, I added a hidden treat . . . . .

. . . . . little ladyfinger and jam cakes!


Lemon Ladyfinger Semifreddo | From My Sweet Heart


YES!  Soft little ladyfingers sandwiched with home made blueberry preserves!  These preserves were a gift to my son and one of the best home made jams I’ve tasted in a long time!  I like the idea of tucking these cakes into the center.  It just adds a little texture to the sweet, soft cream.  And so versatile in combinations! 

So here we go . . . . .


Yields:  6-8 servings

Level of Difficulty:  easy



  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • zest of 3 lemons
  • pinch of salt

Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap.  (I used a 10 1/4 x 4 inch rectangular pan that I found at the thrift store.  But you can use a standard bread pan.)  Allow enough plastic wrap to hang over the sides of the pan to fold over and cover the top.  Bring a saucepan with about an inch of water to boil over medium heat.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, whisk the cream until medium peaks form.  Refrigerate the whipped cream while you prepare the lemon mixture.

In another metal or glass bowl, using your electric mixer, whisk the sugar, egg yolks, lemon juice, lemon zest and the pinch of salt until it is combined.  Now set the bowl on top of the saucepan and reduce the heat until the water is simmering.  Whisk the egg yolk mixture until they are light and fluffy.  This should take about 4-5 minutes if you are using an electric mixer; but more like 10-12 minutes if you are whisking by hand as I did!  Be sure you are whisking constantly.  An instant read thermometer will register 165 °F when ready.  Return your bowl to your electric mixer and beat with the whisk attachment until the mixture has doubled in volume and the bowl is cool to the touch. 

Quickly and gently, fold in the reserved whipped cream in increments.  When the whipped cream is fully incorporated, pour half of the mix into your loaf pan.  Line with ladyfinger sandwiches and pour the remaining half of the mix on top.  Fold the plastic wrap over the top and place the pan into the freezer.  Freeze for at least 4-5 hours or overnight.  This can also be made 2-3 days in advance of serving.


Lemon Ladyfinger Semifreddo | From My Sweet Heart



I used store bought ladyfingers.  They came in a package of 24.  I simply spread the blueberry preserves on one ladyfinger and topped it with another.  I spread the jam on thick enough to be visible when the semifreddo was sliced.  I made 12 sandwiches but probably only needed 8.  (I’m not telling what became of the others!)

To serve, simply take the pan out of the freezer.  Unwrap the plastic from the top and invert it onto your serving platter.  Remove the plastic and smooth the tops and sides with an offset spatula.  Top and serve with blueberries.  I tossed my blueberries in a little splash of Cassis just to give them a shine for the photographs.  But boy were those little berries tasty!!!


Lemon Ladyfinger Semifreddo | From My Sweet Heart


This was so sweet and light and tart!  And really worth the effort up front!  I hope you will try this in any variation you desire!  And thanks again to Anna from Crunchy Creamy Sweet for such a great challenge.  Please head over and check out the many luscious and creamy semifreddos!

Thank you for this wonderful badge Anna!  Though I think it was a four way tie, I’m happy and honored to display your badge!



Recipe adapted from Anne Burrell and inspired by Grace Parisi.



  1. says

    You have turned out so many beautiful desserts and have done it without an electric mixer, that is awesome!!! This one is absolutely gorgeous and I love the way you have presented it. I’ve never attempted a semifreddo before but this post is tempting. Brava dear friend!

    • Anne says

      Thanks Sandra! While I do have a stand electric mixer, I don’t have a hand held mixer. So I had to whisk and whisk and whisk! Good exercise! Love love love your mango chutney! : )

    • Anne says

      Hvala ti puno! Vi ste uvijek tako ljubazni! Vi ste napravili ukusna vina ragu tražili da ću morati probati jedan dan prije! : )

    • Anne says

      Thanks Jessica! And your ginger peach semifreddo with that luscious caramel sauce is pretty amazing! : )

  2. says

    Hi Anne! What a gorgeous looking dessert! And those blueberries are the perfect compliment to the ladyfingers. Thank you for sharing…and making me hungry!

    • Anne says

      Thanks Monet! And your cakes are so beautiful! I think I could eat a dozen of your vanilla cupcakes alone. That is….if I can stop admiring the pretty piping long enough to get them into my mouth! : )

    • Anne says

      Thanks Bibi! And what an amazing job you did on that beautiful stuffed eggplant! I’m going to attempt that pretty soon! : )

    • Anne says

      Thanks Anna and this was fun! I love your Black Forest Semifreddo. Chocolate and cherry is such a great combo for me! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next month!!! : )

  3. says

    That seems like a fun challenge…maybe i will join in next time :)
    I have never attempted to make a semifreddo but whenever i do, i will be using your recipe. Your instructions are simple and i love how it turned out!!!

    • Anne says

      Thanks Abeer and I truly hope you will join in next time, too! You will be a whiz of course! I loved your mini watermelon pies….so pretty and refreshing! : )

  4. says

    Wow, Anne, this dessert looks incredible!!! So much wonderfulness…the jam, the ladyfingers, the frozen creamy layer. YUM!

    • Anne says

      Thanks Liz! And equally incredible…..your beautiful grilled pork tenderloin and those fabulous crunchy smashed potatoes! : )

  5. says

    Anne, I want this for dessert tonight!! I looks luscious and perfect. :) Well done my friend!! Hope you win the challenge over at Anna’s place. :)

    • Anne says

      Thanks Ramona! But do you know what I want for dessert tonight? A HUGE bowl of your GORGEOUS mango ice cream! : – o

    • Anne says

      Thanks Stephanie! And you’ve inspired me with your pretty peach crisp! I need to make a crisp or a cobbler real soon! : )

  6. says

    This looks delicious, I love this challenge! I’m seriously considering joining up but don’t want to get into too many commitments with a baby coming this fall at the same time as I go back to school :) For now I’ll have to enjoy your beautiful creations from a distance!

    • Anne says

      Thanks Anna….and congrats for all the exciting things coming up for you in the fall! You should keep this group in mind….participate when you can. Looking at all of your amazing gluten free desserts….I bet you would win many challenges! : )

  7. says

    What a great challenge! but wait a minute, you’ve churned out all those desserts without a electric mixer?! WOW! Seriously WOW! This one looks just as exquisite as the rest!

    • Anne says

      Thanks…but no….I had a stand mixer…..just had to whisk the eggs over the heat by hand! And you’ve churned out some seriously beautiful mango ripple ice cream!!! : )

    • Anne says

      Thanks Kim…..and I loved your strawberry sherbet in cookie cups! That would make me pucker right up! : )

    • Anne says

      Thanks Wendy….and your onion rice soubise looks fabulous! I love rice and I’ve never seen it prepared this way before…..can’t wait to try it! : )

  8. says

    Another great dessert! Looks so rich and so very delicious! Mouthwatering pictures and I want the plate with the blue dots and the semifreddo that is sitting on it!

  9. says

    Just saw that you won the Semifreddo Food Challenge! Congratulations, you little food blogger Rock Star! So happy for you, and a well deserved win. Your blueberry lemon combination looks absolutely amazing. Way to rock it, Anne!

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