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Peppermint Semifreddo

Semifreddo is an Italian dessert that's half frozen. This one takes its flavor from peppermint liqueur and bits of candy blended into whipped cream. Drizzle each serving with warm chocolate sauce.

  • Servings: 6
Peppermint Semifreddo

Photography: Maura McEvoy

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2002


  • 4 ounces (about 1/2 cup) peppermint candy, plus more for serving
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 9 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons peppermint liqueur
  • Chocolate Sauce


  1. Using a rolling pin, finely crush 5 tablespoons candy between the two sheets of parchment paper. Place cream in a medium bowl; whisk in crushed candy, and whip until stiff peaks form. Chill until ready to use. Roughly crush remaining 3 tablespoons candy; set aside.

  2. Prepare an ice bath. In a large metal bowl set over a pan of simmering water, whisk egg yolks and 3 tablespoons sugar until pale. Add liqueur; whisk vigorously until mixture is thick, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to ice bath; whisk until cool.

  3. In the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer set over a pan of simmering water, whisk egg whites and remaining 6 tablespoons sugar until sugar dissolves and mixture is warm to the touch, about 2 minutes. Attach bowl to mixer, and beat until stiff and glossy peaks form.

  4. Fold the egg-white mixture into the egg-yolk mixture one-third at a time. Fold in the whipped-cream mixture. Spoon mixture into six serving dishes, layering it with reserved crushed candy. Freeze until firm, at least 1 1/2 hours.

  5. Serve with chocolate sauce and peppermint candy on the side.

Reviews (2)

  • Greenstone 29 Dec, 2009

    Truly delicious! Similar to ice cream, although it doesn't melt when it gets warm, it just gets softer. I served this without the chocolate sauce and everyone loved it. Would definitely make again!

  • Sweet-Ballantyne 22 Dec, 2007

    I made this for Christmas dinner if you years ago and it is scrumptious. This easy exquisitely light dessert accompanies a heavy dinner like no other I have ever tried. My guess cooed to the last creamy spoonful.

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