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Amaretto Cherry Semifreddo

  • Author: Julie
  • Total Time: 5 hours 15 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x


This is my favourite super simple dessert to make. The prep time is at most 15 minutes. The 5 hours cooking time is inactive cooking time – it’s basically the time this semifreddo takes to freeze. This dessert is light and creamy – the perfect fuss-free summer dessert!


  • 4 large egg whites
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp pure almond extract
  • 1/3 cup amaretto liqueur
  • 3/4 roughly chopped dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup Italian Amaretti cookies, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup sweet dark cherries, fresh or frozen, coarsely chopped


  1. Line a 9 inch by 5 inch loaf pan with plastic wrap, making sure to leave an extra overhang of plastic wrap at both sides as you will use this to cover up the semi-freddo and it will also help you remove the semifreddo from the loaf pan once it’s frozen.
  2. Separate the eggs, put the whites into a bowl. (Cover up the yolks and store them in your fridge for a day or two and use them for another recipe). Whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cream, sugar, Amaretto liqueur and almond extract until the cream becomes whipped cream. You don’t want the cream to separate so be careful — Start off by whisking at a high speed until the cream begins to get thick and then lower the whisking speed until you get a soft whipped cream.
  4. Pour the whipped egg whites into the bowl with the whipped cream and gently fold the egg whites into the cream.
  5. Fold in the cherries, cookies and chocolate pieces until evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
  6. Pour the mixture into your plastic-wrap-lined loaf pan and cover the top of the semifreddo with the excess plastic wrap. Put into the freezer (on a levelled shelf) and leave to get frozen for a minimum of five hours.
  7. When you’re ready to serve your semifreddo, invert it onto a flat plate, discard the plastic wrap and top it with chocolate and cookie pieces as well as extra cherries. Cut it into slices and serve it immediately.
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 300 mins