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

 

LEMON SEMIFREDDO:

  • 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

 

LADYFINGER SANDWICHES:

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!

:-D

 

Recipe adapted from Anne Burrell and inspired by Grace Parisi.

 

Comments

  1. 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!

    • 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! : )

  2. Svaki recept koji podijeliš s nama je sve bolji. Ovo mi izgleda osvježavajuće, baš poput sladoleda, jako mi se sviđa :)

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

  3. This is gorgeous, Anne! I want to get a spoon and dig into those pictures! Delicious!

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

  4. 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!

    • 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! : )

  5. Anne, that looks so gorgeous…you did an amazing job. I never tried to make semifreddo and I am in awe my friend….just beautiful:)

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

  6. Thank you so much for participating, sweet Anne! I knew your dessert will be amazing, but this is out-of-this-world gorgeous! I love the hidden treats! Now I just wish I could try some :) xoxo

    • 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!!! : )

  7. 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!!!

    • 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! : )

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

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

  9. 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. :)

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

  10. You just can’t go wrong with lemons and blueberries! I love the ladyfingers in the center. Great semifreddo!

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

  11. I love blueberries with lemon, this is just beautiful!

  12. 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!

    • 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! : )

  13. Your semifreddo looks amazing. I love the lemon and blueberry combination.

  14. 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!

    • 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!!! : )

  15. This is so gorgeous. I love lemon in this type of dish. There is nothing like a good pucker.

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

  16. That’s just gorgeous Anne! Definitely a blue ribbon winner in my book!!

  17. This looks beautiful my friend, such an elegant dessert :D

    Cheers
    CCU

  18. Anne, this looks fabulous! It looks and sounds better than ice cream.

  19. Anne, that looks so amazing and refreshing! I only wish I could sit down and enjoy some right now :)

    • Thanks Kris….and I love your blackberry pies bars…..made with your own home grown blackberries!!! : )

  20. OMG…I love lemon and blueberry! That little hidden surprise inside is such a nice, fun treat!

    • 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! : )

  21. Oh my, this dessert looks divine! I love that you’ve decorated it with blueberries.

  22. What a delicious and spectacular looking dessert!

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

  25. Such gorgeous little savory treats!

  26. Congrats on winning the Blue Ribbon Challenge!

  27. Semifreddo is a wonderful dessert. Excellent idea the ladyfingers and blueberries. It´s a stunning dessert!

  28. What a great idea to use the ladyfingers! I love frozen desserts and with the abundance of blueberries this summer, your semifredo comes at the perfect time!

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