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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8 Hr



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


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.

About this Recipe

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