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Chocolate, fig and hazelnut semifreddo

Australian Gourmet Traveller Italian dessert recipe for chocolate, fig and hazelnut semifreddo

By Gourmet Food Team
  • Serves 8
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 15 mins cooking plus freezing
Chocolate, fig and hazelnut semifreddo
Chocolate, fig and hazelnut semifreddo


  • 160 ml (2/3 cup) espresso
  • 125 ml (½ cup) Amaretto liqueur
  • 165 gm (¾ cup) caster sugar
  • 4 dried figs, halved
  • 5 eggs
  • 375 ml (1½ cups) milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
  • 220 gm dark chocolate (57% cocoa solids), finely chopped
  • 125 ml (½ cup) pouring cream
  • 125 gm hazelnuts, roasted, peeled and coarsely chopped


  • 1
    Combine coffee, liqueur and ½ cup sugar in a saucepan and bring to the boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add figs, then simmer over low-medium heat until figs are soft (5-6 minutes). Cool, remove figs and refrigerate syrup. Coarsely chop figs and set aside.
  • 2
    Whisk eggs and remaining sugar in a heatproof bowl until pale. Meanwhile, combine milk and vanilla bean and seeds in a small saucepan. Bring just to the boil over high heat, then pour over egg mixture, whisking continuously until combined. Place bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and whisk over medium heat until thick (3-4 minutes). Remove from heat and place over a bowl of iced water to cool.
  • 3
    Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Cool to room temperature, then whisk into egg mixture. Set aside.
  • 4
    In a separate bowl, whisk cream until soft peaks form, then gently fold into chocolate mixture. Fold through hazelnuts and figs and pour into a greased, baking paper-lined 23cm x 8cm x 8cm loaf pan. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm (4 hours or overnight). Serve sliced, drizzled with syrup.
  • Author: Gourmet Food Team