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Mocha Semifreddo with Hot Milk Foam

Dinner guests will do a double take when they see these desserts, which resemble cappuccinos. Coffee shops offer popular drinks in hot and cold renditions; this clever dessert combines both in one with a cloud of steamed, frothy milk atop mocha semifreddo, a light and airy ice cream-like frozen treat.

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  • Yield: Makes 12
Mocha Semifreddo with Hot Milk Foam

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2011

Ingredients

  • For the semifreddo:
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 9 large egg yolks plus 3 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 5 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 3/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon coffee extract, such as Trablit (lepicerie.com)
  • For the hot milk foam:
  • 3 cups whole milk or heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder, for dusting

Directions

  1. Make the semifreddo: Heat milk and 1/4 cup sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat until it just begins to boil. Meanwhile, whisk 1/4 cup sugar with the egg yolks in a bowl.

  2. Slowly pour hot milk mixture into yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Return entire mixture to saucepan, and heat until mixture is thick and coats the back of a spoon, about 3 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat, and add chocolate. Whisk until melted. Strain mixture into a bowl, and let cool completely.

  4. Whisk cream in a large bowl until soft peaks form. Whisk in coffee extract.

  5. Whisk egg whites with a mixer on medium-high speed, gradually adding the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, until medium stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes.

  6. Working quickly, fold chocolate mixture into whipped cream, and then fold in the egg whites. Transfer semifreddo into twelve 6-ounce cups, filling each about three-quarters full. Freeze for at least 4 hours.

  7. Just before serving, make the hot milk foam: Froth milk using an electric frother, or transfer to a glass jar, seal, and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Warm frothed milk in the microwave. Spoon dollops of foam onto each semifreddo, and dust with cocoa.

Cook's Note

Semifreddi can be frozen for up to 3 days. Top with hot foam just before serving.

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