Strawberry and Ricotta Semifreddo Recipe

Semifreddo is a dessert that has a smooth and creamy texture compared to ice cream, and it is made by partially freezing a blend of egg yolks, sugar, whipped cream, and flavorings. It is usually chilled and served with toppings such as fresh fruits, or chocolate shavings.

To make a semifreddo cake, you don’t require any special tools apart from a refrigerator. This Italian dessert recipe involves using fresh, locally sourced strawberries that are in season in several countries. Simply follow the step-by-step instructions to create a delicious and rejuvenating treat.

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Preparation Time: 40 minFreezing Time: 6 h
Total Time: 6h 40 min

INGREDIENTS (for about 20cm cake tin round)

  • 125ml whole milk
  • 60ml sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 250g ricotta cheese
  • 125ml whipping cream
  • 250g strawberries
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 15-20 Savoiardi biscuits


  • Cut the strawberries into small pieces. Mix strawberries and 2-3 tablespoons of sugar in a medium bowl. Let stand at room temperature until juices are released, at least 30 minutes.
  • Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean. Combine the seeds, milk, and sugar in a small pot. Bring to a simmer. While waiting for the milk to simmer, beat the egg yolks in a small bowl. Turn the heat up under the milk until it comes to a rolling boil. Beat the milk into the yolks in a slow, steady stream. Then cool the vanilla cream completely.
  • In a food processor, purée the ricotta cheese and a pinch of salt until smooth. With the motor running, pour in the vanilla cream. Transfer to a bowl.
  • Beat the whipping cream into soft peaks and fold it into the ricotta mixture.
  • Sieve the strawberries and collect the juice in a small bowl. Halve the Savoiardi biscuits and dip the end of every biscuit into strawberry juice.  Line the side of a cake round tin with the biscuits. Crumble a few biscuits and pour them on the bottom of the cake tin, mixing with the strawberries.
Strawberry and Ricotta Semfredddo
  • Pour the ricotta mixture on and freeze for at least 6 hours and up to 3 days.
  • To serve, remove the semifreddo from the freezer and place it in the fridge an hour before serving.  Serve, garnished with strawberries.
Strawberry and Ricotta Semfredddo


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