Vanilla Raspberry Semifreddo

Spring always turns my mind to ice cream and frozen desserts. You can't have enough of them in your repertoire. Especially semifreddos, not quite as simple as granitas, but  you don't need an ice cream machine with this either.

You know how much I like Gail from
pastry studio and this is yet another of her recipes. She also has a link on this site for a pistachio semifreddo....definitely going on my to-make list. As it uses the same base, almost any fruit or nut (or combination) would work perfectly. You have to make it a day ahead..a plus as far as I'm concerned.

Vanilla Raspberry Semifreddo
From Pastry Studio

12 oz fresh raspberries, divided                                   
1/4 cup sugar

4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons  sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 large egg whites, room temperature
pinch salt
1/4 cup sugar

1 cup cold heavy cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Line an 8 1/2” x 4 1/2” loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving a 4” long overhang on each side.  You can also place a strip of parchment paper on top of the plastic to help form a smoother finish. (I used a longer and narrower loaf pan)

Place two-thirds of the raspberries in a bowl with 1/4 cup of sugar and mash coarsely with a fork.  Set aside. 

Beat the cream cheese with 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla until smooth.  Set aside.

Whip the egg whites with a small pinch of salt until they are opaque and hold soft peaks.  Slowly add 1/4 cup sugar a little bit at a time, increasing speed to high.  Beat until meringue holds stiff, glossy peaks.  Set aside.

Whip the chilled cream with 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla just until it holds soft peaks.

Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the meringue into the whipped cream, then fold this into the cream cheese mixture until smooth.  Pour a third into the prepared loaf pan, then add a layer of half the raspberries.  Repeat the process and end with the cream mixture.  Smooth and level out the surface.  Cover the top with  overhanging plastic wrap and place in your freezer until firm, about 6 – 8 hours or overnight.

To serve, combine the remaining 3 oz raspberries with sugar, to taste.  Run a thin knife or small metal spatula around the edges of the loaf pan to loosen. Place a serving plate on top of the pan and invert.  Pull off the pan and carefully peel off the wrapping.  Cut into slices and serve immediately with the extra raspberries.

Some of Gail's notes:

1. When lining the loaf pan, place a strip of parchment on top of the plastic to create a smoother surface. If you don’t have parchment, once you've unmolded it, you can use a warm knife or metal spatula to smooth the creases.
2. The 1/4 cup sugar used with the raspberries in the semifreddo seems sweet but it helps to prevent the fruit from becoming too icy when frozen.
3. Rather than layering the raspberries, swirl them in for a different effect.
4, Strain out the raspberry seeds if you prefer.
5. As always, exercise caution when using raw egg whites.  They should not be served to small children, pregnant women or individuals who are at risk due to compromised immune systems.


  1. Beautiful and refined tasting! A wonderful dessert.



  2. Oh how gorgeous! I love the sound of the pistachio version too.

  3. This is a great addition to my files. Oh my.....

  4. How pretty. Since I don't have an ice cream maker, this is a great recipe for me.

  5. Perfect dessert. You have me excited about making this and other flavors too. Thanks Barbara!

  6. Wow, that is a beauty! I think I'd like to try this with strawberries! Perfect for the beautiful weather we've been having.
    *kisses* H

  7. Barbara how beautiful semifredo look georgeous!

  8. Sounds delicious... I realize the risk from raw egg whites is low, especially stored at freezer temps, but have you thought about using pasteruized eggs?

  9. This is such a lovely dessert Barbara and I love that it doesn't need an ice cream maker. It reminds me somewhat of my mother's frozen fruit salad from the fifties, but much more elegant.

  10. I LOVE raspberries and I love the looks of this :)


  11. I want to make a semifreddo too! Yours looks perfect...these raspberries sure look good!
    :) ela@GrayApron

  12. This looks so amazingly elegant and delicious, Barbara.

  13. What a gorgeous semifreddo! Simple to make, but beautiful enough for company. I'm afraid this wouldn't last in my freezer very long.

  14. That is drop-dead gorgeous! Perfect for the warmer weather.

  15. It looks almost too pretty to eat...

    I'll have to try this one soon...

  16. Luce maravilloso barbara una verdadera delicia su semifredo,abrazos

  17. I love a do-ahead dessert when entertaining. I am certainly going to remember this lovely semifreddo for our summer entertaining!

  18. What an elegant dessert! Thanks too for the egg white caution; I had no idea. I won't be serving this too soon with all my fertile young friends.

  19. Hi Barbara,

    This dessert looks the best and yes, having it made before is always great for a dinner party.
    Happy Sunday

  20. i have never made a semifreddo, and i've actually never had the chance to eat any of one either! this is beautiful, and so classy!

  21. I made your delicious semi-freddo & loved it so much, dear Barbara!
    it was superb even, very Yum Yum indeed. X 😊



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