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The basis for the semifreddo

  • The PARFAIT. Here comes the summer, a growing desire for ice cream but if you don't have the ice cream maker is an excellent solution that will appeal to adults and children is the semifreddo. The semifreddo has three components: the custard flavored with various flavours, Italian meringue and whipped cream. Knowing prepare these three bases the ice will no longer have secrets and you can play in dozens of flavors, from creams to fruit. The doses are for a Parfait for about ten people.

semifreddoaitregusti2LOGOIngredients for pastry cream:

  1. 250 grams of whole milk
  2. 75 grams of sugar
  3. 60 grams of egg yolks (about three)
  4. 10 grams of flour
  5. 10 grams of corn starch
  6. 50 grams of flavored pasta tastes that you prefer (Pistachio, Hazel, cocoa, etc) or two tablespoons of vanilla extract or liqueur, candied fruit or dried fruit, But even coffee.

Put the egg yolks in a bowl and crush them with a whip along with half the sugar, then add the flour and corn starch, until you get a homogeneous mixture. In a saucepan pour the milk and bring to the boil. Remove from heat, pour in the milk over the egg mixture always beating with a whisk and then replace
all about fire, for about two minutes or until the mixture has thickened. Put the cream in a bowl and add the flavoured pasta taste you prefer, or, If you want a sour cream, two tablespoons of vanilla extract.

Ingredients for Italian meringue (10 people are needed for a 150-gram for frozen dessert, the rest you can freezing for the next opportunity):

  1. 100 grams caster sugar
  2. 35 grams of water
  3. 90 grams of egg whites

The only thing necessary is a food thermometer, because it is necessary to measure the temperature of syrup of water and sugar that must arrive at 121 degrees. Put into a casserole the water and half the sugar and make them go to a boil until they reach the 121 degrees. In a large bowl, put the egg whites and pour flush water syrup and half of sugar by mounting both the compound with an electric mixer. Slowly you will get a solid white shiny and swollen that you must continue to whip until cool. Italian meringue that further after the preparation can be freeze and later used.

Composition of Parfait

  1. 300 grams of flavored custard
  2. 150 grams of soft meringue
  3. 500 grams of cream

Put the cream into a large container and mix vigorously until it becomes shiny. Join the Italian meringue mixing with a spatula and doing a movement from top to bottom to keep her dismount. Whip the cream and add to the whipped cream, stirring gently from top to bottom. Put the semifreddo in a Loaf pan (or even in mono portion molds) and store it in the freezer (freezer) for at least five hours. Remove from freezer 10 minutes before serving.


Flavia maselli June 15th, 2021 - 16:14

Hello excuse me.. but the Italian meringue should not have a sugar egg white ratio of 1 to 2?because I read 90 egg whites and 100 sugar.. Thank you very much

Ada Parisi 16 June 2021 - 11:03

Hello! For the specific Italian meringue from semifreddo base I follow the recipe of Boscolo Etoile, where I did a short course. I have always found myself well. But this is the semifreddo meringue, which does not have to be so consistent. If you have to make italian meringue to put for example on a cake and then flame it, the ratio changes, and in fact it becomes 1:2 and even more, as you see in this recipe https://www.sicilianicreativiincucina.it/le-basi/la-meringa-allitaliana/

Lory August 23, 2016 - 08:46

I have a showcase that arrives at -13 degrees, I wanted to know how long this temperature x would save a Parfait. Thanks

Ada Parisi August 23, 2016 - 20:29

Hello! You have to carry? At -13 degrees don't have problems. If you just want to keep it can last a week to ten days covered with plastic or aluminum.

Mimmo July 5, 2015 - 12:26

I would like to make the semi cold with your recipe , but I read that it takes the custard and not the dough bomb as I read on other sites. Louise parks replace the custard past. with the dough bomb? and if you tell me the doses and how to make the dough bomb. Thanks

Ada Parisi July 11, 2015 - 14:31

Hi Mimmo, Sorry for the delay in responding but I was on vacation in a place with very little connection. Then, the dough bomb you speak of is a custard but not substitute of Italian meringue. A semifreddo always has 3 basic ingredients: Italian meringue or paste bomb, custard and taste chosen. I prefer the meringue because it is much easier to do and more neutral in taste. What flavor did you prepare? If you give me some more information I'm trying to help you… ADA


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