Semifreddo stracciatella

January 6, 2009 (Last Updated: January 11, 2019)
Semifreddo stracciatella recipe

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Semifreddo stracciatella

Serves: 6
Cooking Time: 10 mins + extra for freezing


  • 6 large egg whites
  • 100g castor sugar
  • 100g honey
  • 400g mascarpone
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) milk
  • 100g fresh ricotta
  • 50g 70 percent dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) orange zest, chopped
  • Caramel

  • 200g castor sugar
  • 50ml water
  • seasonal fruit, to serve



Line a 1-litre plastic container with baking paper (an ice-cream container is ideal).


Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add the sugar and whisk until the mixture is stiff and shiny. Stir in the honey.


Fold 30ml (2 tbsp) of the egg white mixture into the mascarpone, then fold in the remaining egg white mixture.


Stir the milk into the ricotta, then gently fold the ricotta, chocolate and zest into the egg white mixture. Pour it into the container, smooth the top and cover with a lid. Freeze overnight.


For the caramel, combine the sugar and water in a saucepan over a medium heat and stir until sugar has dissolved. Cook, without stirring, until the caramel is golden. Remove from the heat and cool.


Slice the semifreddo, drizzle with the caramel and serve with the fruit.


To drink: Kahlua’s subtle mocha character makes it a perfect match.

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