Mascarpone Semifreddo with Raspberry Sauce

Penny Burdge


A light dessert after a hearty Italian meal. Cool and creamy with the zest of raspberry and a taste of fine chocolate.

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2 pkg
frozen raspberries in syrup, 10 oz. each, thawed
1 Tbsp
1/4 c
2 tsp
fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons chambord raspberry liqueur


6 large
eggs, separated
2/3 c
1 lb
mascarpone cheese
1 Tbsp
pure vanilla extract
1 tsp
grated lemon zest
4 oz
grated high quality 60 - 70% cacao chocolate
fresh raspberries for garnish

How to Make Mascarpone Semifreddo with Raspberry Sauce


  • 1In a food processor or blender, puree the thawed raspberries.
  • 2Working over a saucepan, force the puree through a fine sieve to remove the seeds. Bring the sauce to a simmer.
  • 3Stir the cornstarch with the water in a small cup and then stir it into the raspberries. Stir in the lemon juice. Simmer the sauce unti it is thickened and smooth.
  • 4Remove from heat and stir in the Chambord if desired. Cool completely, then cover and refrigerate. This raspberry sauce can be made 2 days in advance if needed.
  • 5Line a bundt pan with plastic wrap, leaving a few inches of overhang. Put it in the freezer while preparing the semifreddo.
  • 6In a large mixing bowl, beat together the egg yolks and sugar until the mixture is thick and pale, then beat in the mascarpone, the vanilla, and the lemon zest.
  • 7Beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Then fold them gently, but thoroughly into the mascarpone/egg mixture.
  • 8Sprinkle about a tablespoon of the grated chocolate evenly onto the bottom of the chilled bundt pan.
  • 9Spoon half the mascarpone mixture into the pan, sprinkle evenly with the remaining chocolate. Then spoon in the remaining mascarpone mixture and smooth it carefully
  • 10Fold the plastic wrap over the mixture and place the pan in the freezer for at least 8 hours or overnight. Unmold the semifreddo onto a serving platter. Garnish with fresh raspberries and drizzling some sauce over the semifreddo.
  • 11Slice to serve and drizzle with more raspberry sauce.

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About Mascarpone Semifreddo with Raspberry Sauce

Course/Dish: Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Gluten-Free