Lemon Semifreddo with Blueberries

This is the first ice cream I’ve ever made if you don’t count frozen popsicles and it’s way more delicious. It’s a rich treat that is bursting with lemon and sweet goodness. Lemon Semifreddo with Blueberries defines how to enjoy a frozen dessert during the hot summer with crisp lemons and fresh sweet blueberries. My family also loved it with Chai making “mm MMM” noises when he first tried it (music to a chef’s ears!) I hope you will also enjoy making eating this very tasty dessert this summer! 😊

Yield: 10 servings
Time: 20 minutes + 8 hours freezing time

Ingredients

  • ½ cup toasted walnuts, chopped
  • 1 ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 7 large egg yolks
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Finely grated peel of 1 lemon
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 ¾ cup cold heavy cream
  • 2 cups blueberries

Instructions

  1. Line a metal loaf pan (9x5x3 inches) with plastic wrap and leave enough wrap hanging outside the pan. Spread the walnuts on the bottom of the pan.
  2. Over a pot of simmering water on medium-low heat, set a metal bowl on top and whisk sugar, egg yolks, lemon juice, lemon peel, and sea salt inside for approximately 7 minutes or until the egg mixture turns thick and creamy.
  3. Remove the bowl from the heat and continue to whisk egg mixture in an electric mixer for 6 minutes on medium-high speed or until double the volume. Set aside.
  4. In an electric mixer, whisk heavy cream until soft peaks form. Gently fold heavy cream into the egg mixture. Pour the mixture into the metal pan, cover the pan, and freeze for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  5. Using the plastic wrap that was hanging outside the pan, gently place the semifreddo upside down onto a large plate. Serve immediately decorated with blueberries.

Yogurt Cream Cheese with Strawberry Sauce

This is a very simple recipe with cream cheese and Greek yogurt topped with a delicious sweet strawberry sauce. The dish is creamier and feels more like a dessert than Greek yogurt by itself. It’s a good way to use up any extra cream cheese you may have in your fridge (especially if you shop from Costco!) I think it’s a nice and tart dessert to have during the sunny weather especially with other tropical fruits such as sweet mango and papaya! The strawberry sauce is also really enjoyable on almost any dessert topping~ (…or by itself! Nobody’s judging!) 😊

Yield: 8 servings
Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 14 oz strawberries, hulled and chopped into small squares
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • cut fruit (optional) I used papaya and mango.

Instructions

  1. Mix strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a pot and heat over high heat for 15 minutes while stirring constantly. Remove from heat earlier if strawberries lose their shape. Let the strawberry sauce cool completely.
  2. Whisk cream cheese and Greek yogurt together in a large bowl until smooth and fluffy. Divide cream cheese and yogurt mixture evenly into 8 bowls and top with the strawberry sauce and other desired fruit.