Blue Ribbon Challenge { July } – Semifreddo

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 It’s time for our second Blue Ribbon Challenge!!

Are you excited? Did you like the theme?

I sure did! I have to admit, it was my first time making semifreddo. Why, oh why, haven’t I made this dessert before? No idea. It’s no-bake, so versatile and a real treat in this hot weather. I went with my current theme, Black Forest, which is basically a cherry and chocolate combo. Can’t go wrong here, if you ask me. I made my base as you would for a classic semifreddo. Eggs, sugar and cream. I added a layer of my favorite cocoa and Biscoff cookie crust and freshly chopped cherries. And….. I topped it all with my go-to cherry sauce. HEAVEN!

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Black Forest Semifreddo

 for the semifreddo:
4 Tbsp granulated sugar
2 large eggs, separated
1 c heavy cream
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
for the cookie crust:
3 1/2 oz Biscoff cookies or graham crackers
1/2 tsp instant coffee granules
3 Tbsp butter, melted
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp cocoa powder

for the cherry sauce:
6 oz. ( 1 c ) pitted cherries
1/4 c granulated sugar
1/2 c water

about 10 chopped cherries ( 2 oz. )

To make the cherry sauce, place cherries, sugar and water in a medium saucepan.
Cook until cherries burst and the sauce thickens. Cool completely.

In a food processor, crush cookies to crumbs. Add coffee granules, both sugars and cocoa powder.
Pulse for 30 seconds. Add melted butter. Pulse for about a minute.
Transfer into a small bowl. Set aside.

Line a loaf pan with a plastic wrap, making sure you have a nice overlap that will make pulling our the ready semifreddo out easy.
Spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
Prepare 3 bowls.
In one bowl, beat egg yolks with sugar and vanilla until pale.
In a second bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form.
In a third bowl, beat egg whites with salt until stiff peaks form.
Add cream mixture to egg yolk mixture and gently fold in just a couple of times.
Now, add the egg whites mixture and fold in until everything is uniform.
Do not overmix, or you will beat the whole air out.
Pour half of the semifreddo mixture into your lined pan.
Sprinkle half of the cookie crumbs mixture over it. Top with chopped cherries.
Pour the rest of your semifreddo mixture over the cherries layer. Smooth it out.
Sprinkle the rest of your cookie crust over the top. Press gently.
Cover with a plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 8 hours or overnight.
Slice and serve with cherry sauce.

Recipe for semifreddo adapted from The Italian Dish blog.

Note: This dessert is made with raw eggs. It’s up to your consideration to make it.


I will be making this dessert again for sure! My Hubby already has a suggestion for the next flavors combo!

Now, onto the challenge! Please link up below. This time, I chose a different linky tool for a couple of reasons. One, to encourage everyone to actually go and visit the blogs participating and because when the other linky tool expired, I lost all the links… Lesson learned. To vote, please leave the name of your favorite entry in the comments below. The voting is open till midnight on Friday. The results will be announced on Saturday, on my Weekend Wrap-Up post.

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Leave your vote in the comments section.

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  • Cakewhiz

    I heard about this blue ribbon challenge through liz. I think i will join in next month… It sounds like fun!
    Your semifreddo loos very yummy!

    • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

      Looking forward to it! Thank you for stopping by!

  • Minnie@thelady8home

    Anna, that is a TERRIFIC dessert!!! Wow!!
    I have never made semifreddo either. I read up on it, and it says anything that is semi frozen, but still soft enough to cut through.

    • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

      Yep! It’s decadent indeed! Thanks, Minnie :)

  • Emily Lynne // The Best of this Life

    It looks divine!!! Wow! I checked out the (currently only two) other entires and they both look delish. My vote is with Anne’s Lemon Ladyfinger…. reminds me of something I had in Italy and looks soooo yummy!

    • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

      Thank you so much for voting, Emily! xoxo

  • Ann P.

    Beautiful! I have a book on semifreddos, but it’s in french :(

    • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

      Awww, that’s too bad… Maybe next time? Thanks, Ann!

  • Anne@FromMySweetHeart

    I love your black forest version of this semifreddo Anna! I love the little extra texture of the cookies and the cherry sauce looks just heavenly! Again, your photos just blow me away! I really had fun playing and I can’t wait to see what you will challenge us with next month! : )

    • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

      You guys brought your best game forward this time! I love all the entries! Thank you so much for participating, sweet Anne! Your ladyfinger semifreddo sounds heavenly! xoxo

  • Zoe

    Hi Anna, Your new site looks very impressive! Due to the wintery weather, I’ve not been making any ice cream or semifreddo lately and sorry that I can’t make anything for your event.

    • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

      Please, do not feel bad, Zoe! I actually envy you the cool weather :) I am craving a freshly baked pastry and a cup of hot chocolate… :) Maybe next time! xoxo

  • Liz

    Beautifully done, Anna! What a great challenge….and your chocolate cherry theme gets my approval. YUM!

    • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

      Thanks so much, Lizzy! I appreciate you stopping by!

  • Words Of Deliciousness

    Wow, your Black Forest Semifreddo looks fantastic! I finally have my recipe posted and linked up.

    • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

      Thank you so much for participating! It looks divine!

  • Baking Serendipity

    I am definitely into no-bake these days too, and this looks fantastic!

    • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

      Hi Sarah! Thank you so much for stopping by! Your salad sounds fabulous! xoxo

  • Terry

    Yummm!!! Pinning.

    Love the new website!

    • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

      Thanks, Terry!

  • Jen at The Three Little Piglets

    So many great choices I totally cop out on voting! That crust has me absolutely swooning – I love the idea of adding a little coffee and cocoa to it!

    • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

      Hi Jen! The crust is so good you will want to eat it with a spoon :) Thanks so much for stopping by my new site! xoxo

  • Ramona

    Darn! I think I missed the boat on this one…. I would have joined otherwise. Everyone’s semifreddo looks fabulous!! I have never heard of a semifreddo before anyway… does my graham cracker cherry cheesecake pie work? I don’t think so… Oh well… will keep a look out for the next blue ribbon challenge. :) Good luck to everyone! :)

    • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

      Maybe next time! Thanks, Ramona!

  • All That I’m Eating

    Love your new site! Semifreddo is one of my favourites but have never made it myself! I will enjoy having a look through what turns up.

    • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

      I hope you will give it a go! Thank you for stopping by my new site!

  • Cathy @ Noble Pig

    How yummy is this! The Biscoff crust has me sold!!

    • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

      Thanks, Cathy! It’s my new obsession :)

  • Stephanie @ It’s not just about the recipe . . . .

    Very impressive – they all look fantastic! I’ve never tried a semifreddo, but I’m feeling very inspired by all the wonderful recipes. I love the flavor combinations and the different textures in each recipe. Great challenge!

    • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

      Thank you, Stephanie!

  • Dina

    wow that looks divine!

    • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

      Thanks, Dina!

  • Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook)

    such a delicious semifreddo! love the flavors in here!

  • Soni

    First of all congratulations on your new look!Looks great :) Secondly I’ve never made a semifreddo before, but yours looks delicious!!!!Perfect for these hot summer days :) Love the pic too!

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