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Almond Fig Semifreddo with Almond Croccante

Product Description

Popular in southern Italy, semifreddo is an easy dessert perfect for summer entertaining. Frozen almond cream studded with crunchy bits of meringue and almond cookies with a layer of rich fig jam, topped with crema dolce chocolate sauce.


For the semifreddo

For the topping

  1. Chill in a mixing bowl and whisk the attachment in the refrigerator until very cold.
  2. Line a 12 x 4 x 3-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap. Silicone molds can also be used (they do not need to be lined with plastic wrap.)
  3. Place the almond cream in a small bowl and microwave it in 10-second increments, stirring after every 10 seconds.
  4. Heat until it is smooth and fluid, like chocolate syrup. This will take about 30-40 seconds.
  5. Stir in ¼ cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and set it aside; allow to cool to room temperature.
  6. Once the almond cream mixture is cooled, place the heavy whipping cream and confectioners sugar in the chilled bowl and beat until it forms stiff peaks.
  7. Gently fold in the vanilla and almond cream, and mix until no streaks remain (it will have a mousse-like consistency).
  8. Pour one-half of the “mousse” into the prepared loaf pan. Spread the fig jam evenly over the top, then spread the remaining whipped cream mixture over the jam and cover it with plastic wrap.
  9. Freeze the mousse for at least 1-2 hours (semifreddo can be frozen for up to 1 month).
  10. When ready to serve, place the Hazelnut Spread with Raw Cacao in a small bowl and microwave in 10-second increments, until melted and smooth.
  11. Stir in the Olive Oil and set aside.
  12. Remove the semifreddo from the freezer, invert it onto a platter, and remove the plastic wrap. 
  13. Allow to sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes, slice into 8 slices, and place on dessert plates.
  14. Drizzle with the chocolate hazelnut spread; top with a Croccante cookie and sprinkle with slivered almonds.

Buon Apettito!