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White Chocolate Semifreddo with Cherries

Susan Knaap
Similar to gelato, but without the churning, this cool dessert is sure sweet, but tart cherries bring the perfect touch to round it out. Adapted from New Zealand’s Food magazine.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian-Inspired
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • 100 g 3.5 ounces caster sugar
  • 300 ml 10 ounces cream, whipped to soft peaks
  • 200 g 7 ounces high quality white chocolate (I used Whittaker’s White Chocolate with Raspberry), plus extra to decorate
  • 300 g approx. 2 cups cherries, stoned and halved (or sliced more finely for easier slicing), plus extra to decorate

Instructions
 

  • Line a 1.5 litre loaf pan with plastic wrap, making sure to allow enough to overlap on all sides to fold and cover the top of the semi-freddo.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the eggs and caster sugar until the mixture is very thick and pale and about three times the volume – this will take several minutes.
  • Fold in the whipped cream and chocolate. Then carefully fold in the chopped cherries until just combined (if you over mix the juice will stain the ice cream giving it a greyish tinge).
  • Pour the semi-freddo mixture into the prepared pan and fold over the overhanging plastic wrap. Wrap the whole thing in silver foil for extra protection. Freeze the semi-freddo for several hours, or overnight.
  • Turn the semi-freddo out onto a platter and decorate it with extra cherries or shards of white chocolate. Or serve in scoops.