Limoncello semifreddo with strawberries

Limoncello semifreddo with strawberries
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Takes 10 min to make, plus overnight freezing and 20 min chilling

Limoncello is a lemon-flavoured liqueur from Italy and combines well with strawberries, in this semifreddo recipe


  • 4 large very fresh eggs
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 500ml double cream
  • 150ml limoncello, plus extra 4 tbsp
  • 1kg small strawberries, hulled and halved
  • Finely grated zest of 1 large lemon and 21/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp icing sugar


  1. Separate the eggs into 2 large mixing bowls. Add the sugar to the egg yolks and beat for a few minutes with an electric hand whisk until pale and thick.
  2. In another bowl, whip the cream to soft peaks. Using clean beaters, whisk the egg whites to stiff but not dry peaks.
  3. Fold the cream into the egg yolks, then fold in 150ml limoncello. Carefully fold in the egg whites. Spoon the mixture into a shallow 2.5-litre serving dish, about 5cm deep, cover with cling film and put in the freezer until needed – at least 7-8 hours.
  4. About 20 minutes before serving, put the strawberries into a bowl. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, the icing sugar and the extra 4 tablespoons limoncello. Gently stir together, cover and chill for 20 minutes.
  5. To serve, scoop large spoonfuls of the semifreddo onto dessert plates and spoon some of the strawberries alongside. Serve immediately as semifreddo melts faster than normal ice cream.

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  1. Note: this recipe contains raw egg.


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