Coffee Semifreddo Cooking Recipe – Balsamic Vinegar Reduction Cooking Recipe

Coffee Semifreddo Cooking Recipe – Semifreddo Al Caffe Recipe

Semifreddi are frozen desserts presented as individual portions or as cakes. They consist mainly of pastry cream, with added whipped cream and Italian meringue.

Serves 8

Preparation time: 45 minutes
Chilling time: 6 hours


  • For 1 cup (7 oz./200 g) pastry cream
  • Scant ½ cup (100 ml) milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¼ cup (2 oz./50 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 20 drops coffee extract
  • 1 tablespoon rum
  • ½ cup (3 oz./80 g) hazelnut paste


  • For ½ cup (3 ½ oz./100 g) Italian meringue
  • 2 egg whites
  • ⅓ cup (2 oz./60 g) granulated sugar


  • ⅔ cup (170 ml) whipping cream
  • ¼ cup (1 oz./30 g) confectioners’ sugar


  • 1 kitchen thermometer

Preparation Method

Coffee Semifreddo Cooking Recipe - Balsamic Vinegar Reduction Cooking Recipe 1
Coffee Semifreddo Cooking Recipe - Balsamic Vinegar Reduction Cooking Recipe 2

Prepare the pastry cream.

  • Heat the milk to boiling point.
  • Whisk the egg yolk with the sugar until thick and pale; add the sifted flour and cornstarch.
  • Whisk together well.
  • Add the hot milk gradually to this mixture, stirring continuously.
  • Return to the heat and boil for 1 minute.
  • Remove from the heat and leave to cool, stirring from time to time, to avoid a skin forming on the surface.

Make the Italian meringue.

  • Whisk the egg whites with 1 ⅔ tablespoon (20 g) sugar.
  • Heat 3 ⅓ tablespoons (40 g) of sugar with 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of water in a saucepan and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved and small bubbles form on the surface; the syrup should reach 239°F (115°C).
  • Pour the syrup slowly onto the beaten egg whites (1), whisking continuously until quite cold.

Assemble the dish.

  • Place the whipping cream with the confectioners’ sugar in a chilled bowl and whisk until stiff.
  • Add the coffee extract, rum, and hazelnut paste to the pastry cream and mix.
  • Gently fold in the Italian meringue using a spatula (2, 3).
  • Next, add the whipped cream in the same way, taking care that the mixture does not begin to collapse.
  • Pour the mixture into individual ramekins (4), or into a metal container. Freeze for 6 hours.
  • To unmold, just moisten the outside of the molds with a damp cloth and turn out.
  • Decorate with chocolate chips and powdered coffee.

Balsamic Vinegar Reduction Cooking Recipe – Salsa Di Aceto Balsamico Recipe

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes


  • 1 cup (250 ml) balsamic vinegar from Modena (PGI)
  • ⅓ cup (2 oz./60 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (250 ml) red wine

Preparation Method

  • Put the balsamic vinegar, granulated sugar, and red wine in a saucepan, then reduce the liquid by half over a low heat (approximately 30 minutes).

Chef’s note

This unusual sauce goes very well with ice creams and sorbets, especially vanilla Ice cream and strawberry sorbet.

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