Chocolate-Amaretto Semifreddo
Iain Bagwell
Yields Makes 10 to 12 servings Prep Time 35 mins Other Time 7 hrs 30 mins Total Time 8 hrs 5 mins
Studded with dark cherries and toasted almonds, this creamy frozen dessert is a cinch to make.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Whisk amaretto into crème anglaise. In a cold bowl with an electric mixer on high speed, beat whipping cream until medium peaks form (they should hold their shape, but not be stiff). Gently fold in about a third of crème anglaise mixture until no white streaks remain. Fold in remaining crème anglaise until blended.

Step 2
2

Line a 9- by 5-in. loaf pan (holds 8 cups) with plastic wrap, leaving overhang on all sides. Gently fold chopped chocolate, almonds, and cherries into crème anglaise mixture. Spoon into pan and cover with overhanging plastic wrap. Freeze until firm, at least 7 1/2 hours and up to 1 week.

Step 3
3

To serve, invert dessert over a platter and remove pan and plastic wrap. Let stand 15 minutes at room temperature to soften. Smooth top and sides with a warm knife if needed. Garnish with shaved chocolate.

Step 4
4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Ingredients

 1/3 cup amaretto
 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
 1 cup finely chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
 3/4 cup raw slivered almonds, toasted (see Notes)
 3/4 cup coarsely chopped sweet dark cherries (canned or frozen)
  Semisweet chocolate shavings (see Notes)

Directions

Step 1
1

Whisk amaretto into crème anglaise. In a cold bowl with an electric mixer on high speed, beat whipping cream until medium peaks form (they should hold their shape, but not be stiff). Gently fold in about a third of crème anglaise mixture until no white streaks remain. Fold in remaining crème anglaise until blended.

Step 2
2

Line a 9- by 5-in. loaf pan (holds 8 cups) with plastic wrap, leaving overhang on all sides. Gently fold chopped chocolate, almonds, and cherries into crème anglaise mixture. Spoon into pan and cover with overhanging plastic wrap. Freeze until firm, at least 7 1/2 hours and up to 1 week.

Step 3
3

To serve, invert dessert over a platter and remove pan and plastic wrap. Let stand 15 minutes at room temperature to soften. Smooth top and sides with a warm knife if needed. Garnish with shaved chocolate.

Step 4
4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Chocolate-Amaretto Semifreddo