This frozen dessert gets its nougatlike texture from egg whites folded into whipped cream. The crunch, meanwhile, is compliments of equal parts caramelized hazelnuts and chopped bittersweet chocolate.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Bring 3/4 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Wash down side of pan with a wet pastry brush, and cook until sugar starts to turn golden around edge. Swirl pan, and continue to cook until golden throughout. Remove from heat, and stir in nuts. Pour mixture onto a rimmed baking sheet, and let cool completely, about 30 minutes. Roughly chop nuts. Nuts can be stored up to 1 week.

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  • Bring remaining 1 1/4 cups sugar and 1/4 cup water to a boil, stirring. Wash down side of pan with a wet pastry brush, and cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer registers 238 degrees, about 5 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, beat together egg whites and salt until soft peaks form. Add sugar syrup in a slow, steady stream down side of bowl. Beat until meringue is stiff, glossy, and cool, about 5 minutes.

  • Beat together cream and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Fold one-third of the whipped cream into meringue. Fold in remaining whipped cream along with nuts and chocolate.

  • Line a 5-by-10-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap. Pour in mixture, cover with plastic wrap, and freeze until hard enough to slice, at least 8 hours and up to 2 days. To serve, remove plastic wrap and invert onto a serving platter. Slice with a serrated knife.

Reviews (5)

34 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
04/15/2018
Nice and supper easy! Thank you Martha
Rating: Unrated
07/10/2012
I can't get past the first step. How on earth do you boil/dissolve 3/4 cups of sugar in 1 tablespoon of water?! I've tried it twice and the water evaporates before the sugar dissolves. I've tried lowering the heat too.
Rating: 4 stars
06/05/2012
This semifreddo is absolutely divine! As I am somewhat of a novice with candy and meringue, I would've liked more instruction in those areas, but I pulled it off with the help of my significant other. Excellent, and so good! Thanks Martha!
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Rating: 4 stars
06/05/2012
This semifreddo is absolutely divine! As I am somewhat of a novice with candy and meringue, I would've liked more instruction in those areas, but I pulled it off with the help of my significant other. Excellent, and so good! Thanks Martha!
Rating: Unrated
04/08/2012
Excellent dessert. Made it for Easter...only had a 9 by 5 inch loaf pan so put left over portion in a smaller container. Brought it to a friend's home and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all.