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Passionfruit semifreddo

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for passionfruit semifreddo.

By Emma Knowles
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 10 mins cooking
  • Serves 10
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Passionfruit semifreddo
This doesn't require an ice-cream machine either. It's best eaten quickly after turning out. You'll need to begin this recipe a day ahead.


  • 8 egg yolks
  • 250 gm caster sugar
  • 250 ml (1 cup) passionfruit juice (see note)
  • Scraped seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 300 gm double cream
  • 150 ml pouring cream, lightly whipped
  • Pulp of 2 passionfruit, plus extra to serve


  • 1
    Whisk egg yolks in an electric mixer until pale and fluffy (5-7 minutes). Meanwhile, stir sugar, passionfruit juice and vanilla seeds in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, then simmer until syrupy (4-5 minutes) and add to egg yolks with lime juice, whisking continuously until mixture is cold (5-6 minutes).
  • 2
    Combine creams in a bowl, whisk until soft peaks form. Fold into passionfruit mixture, fold in pulp, spoon into an 8cm x 22cm plastic-lined rectangular cake tin, smoothing top (there may be mixture left over), freeze overnight until firm. Slice thickly and serve with extra pulp spooned over.


Note To extract passionfruit juice, process pulp in a food processor, then strain through a sieve (discard solids). Eighteen passionfruit yield about 250ml juice.