Ginger, Fig and Cranberry Semifreddo with Blackberry Sauce - Ferrari-Carano

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Ginger, Fig and Cranberry Semifreddo with Blackberry Sauce

Desserts

Serves 8 to 10

This is like a frozen mousse, which helps explain its name: semifreddo, or “half-frozen.” Start preparation a day ahead. The Blackberry Sauce is also delicious drizzled over vanilla ice cream.

Egg Mixture

01

Line 9x5x3 inch metal loaf pan with plastic wrap, extending over sides by 3 inches. Whisk egg yolks, sugar and white wine in medium metal bowl to blend.

02

Set bowl over saucepan of simmering water; whisk egg mixture constantly until candy thermometer registers 160º F, about 5 minutes. Remove from over water. Using electric mixer, beat until cool and thick, about 5 minutes. Beat in orange peel.

Whipped Cream Mixture

01

Beat chilled whipping cream in large bowl until peaks form. Add egg mixture and gently fold together. Fold in chopped figs, chopped cranberries and minced ginger.

02

Transfer mixture to prepared pan. Cover with plastic wrap overhang; freeze overnight (Can be made 3 days ahead. Keep frozen.)

Blackberry Sauce

01

Puree all ingredients in processor. Strain into medium bowl, pressing on solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Cover and refrigerate until cold. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep refrigerated.)

02

Turn semifreddo out onto platter. Peel off plastic wrap. Let stand 5 minutes to soften slightly. Slice semifreddo. Place 1 slice of semifreddo on each plate. Drizzle Blackberry Sauce over each slice and serve.

Ingredients

Egg Mixture

  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 Tbsp grated orange peel

Whipped Cream Mixture

  • 2-3/4 cups chilled whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup dried Calimyrna figs, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced crystallized ginger

Blackberry Sauce

  • 1 16-ounce bag frozen unsweetened blackberries, thawed
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp brandy (optional)