Mixed Berry Semifreddo

*Please Note: This was a pre-scheduled post, as my hubby and I are enjoying some much needed rest and relaxation for a couple of weeks. Please do stop by and comment…just know that I won’t be able to reply for a while. I appreciate you all!*

Semifreddo? Have you ever heard of it? I hadn’t until I saw THISΒ version of it from one of my fellow foodie bloggers, Julia at Swirls and Spice. Β I knew as soon as I saw it that I just had to make this wonderful sweet treat myself! You know how I love my sweets! Eating low-glycemic & using no refined sugars doesn’t stop this girl! It just gives me a challenge…a challenge I am always happy to embark on! πŸ™‚

So to my fellow party goers at Fiesta Friday, I am bringing this smooth, creamy, icy, and fresh mixed berry semifreddo.

I did some research on this dessert, since I knew nothing about it,Β Β and found these interesting facts:

  • It means “half-cold” in Italian
  • It is a partially frozen Italian dessert
  • You often see it in cake form
  • Once they have been frozen, you can flip them upside down and get them out of their container, and serve that way, which looks really neat.

One of my favorite things I came across was this statement made in a Canadian online newspaper. The person said that semifreddo is “simple elegance at its best, with the emphasis on simple.” Ah, I love that, and couldn’t agree more! Although if I showed you the mess in my kitchen you might not agree with the simple part. Actually, the more I think about it, the more I am questioning it myself. πŸ™‚ Here, let me show you…

Ya, that didn’t feel so simple! πŸ™‚ And would you believe that this was just a little bit of the mess? Of course you would! And if not, just ask Jhuls, Justine, or Patty! πŸ™‚ I really, really try not to be a messy cook…honestly… but these things just sort of happen to me….over and over and over again. Seriously! Tonight alone, I spilled this yumminess all over, I stepped on some raspberries and smeared the juice all over the floor, I got egg yolk all over the counter, when I picked my phone up I realized it had been laying in honey (ugh!), several times I stirred the berry curd right over into the burner, my pan began to overflow and pour all over the stove as I scrambled to find a larger one, and I turned the hand mixer on in mid air! Yep, cream all over me and the kitchen…not for the first time, as you all know. πŸ™‚

Yes, I might definitely disagree with the simple part. πŸ™‚

Mixed Berry Semifreddo

*Created by Lori at Creating Beauty in the Kitchen from the inspiration of THISΒ recipe at Swirls and Spice.


  • 2 1/2 cups mixed berries (I used blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries)
  • 1 1/2 cups honey + more for Homemade whipped cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • 1 can refrigerated coconut milk


  • Separate 4 egg yolks from their whites and put into a large food processor.
  • Add the fruit and 1 1/2 cups honey and blend until pureed.
  • Because there will be a lot of seeds in your puree, use a strainer with very tiny holes to get as much of them out as possible.
  • In a large saucepan, cook the puree on about medium low, stirring often. I did this for about 15-17 minutes. It thickens as you go. I read that it is important that you don’t let it boil though, so watch out for that. Mine started too, and I think that changed it a bit.
  • After the allotted time, take it off the stove and stir for a few more minutes, letting it continue to thicken.
  • Let cool to room temperature.
  • While cooling, make the homemade whipping cream. Combine the thick, refrigerated coconut milk with honey and some vanilla.
  • When the puree has cooled to room temperature, gently fold it into your whipped cream.
  • Put it in whatever container you would like (if you plan on flipping it over and want it to be a certain shape, the container you use is important.)
  • Put a lid or plastic wrap on it and let freeze for at least 3 hours before serving.
  • When ready to serve, turn container upside down and run hot water over it until the semifreddo seems ready to easily pop out of the container.
  • Once you pop it out, serve with fresh berries.

I loved the way this turned out! So creamy and yummy! Hope the rest of you at FFΒ enjoy it as well!

Grateful to all of you…I am continuing to learn so much from you all! Also thankful for Angie at The Novice GardenerΒ and her co-hosts for this awesome weekly gathering! And thankful to my friend, Jhuls, who is linking me up to the party this week while I am away from the computer! ❀



92 thoughts on “Mixed Berry Semifreddo

  1. Your berry version is beautiful! It’s great to know that you were inspired to try semifreddo via my recipe. Sorry that making it wasn’t so simple. Perhaps I was blessed with beginner’s luck, since I am usually the queen of kitchen spills! Enjoy your vacation!

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    • Yes, I was so grateful for the inspiration! Isn’t that one of the things that is so fun in the foodie blogosphere?! Even though it wasn’t “simple,” it was certainly worth it! Delicious!

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  2. Haha, don’t you just love those recipes that claim to be so simple?? Well, in the end it makes for a good story and great visuals for the blog post πŸ˜€ All of that aside, your Semifreddo looks super yummy and fresh and perfect for this hot weather! Hope you are enjoying your vacation, Lori! πŸ™‚

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  3. I will definitely testify that you are a messy cook, my friend! Phone laying in a honey? That sounds really sticky. πŸ˜€ Well, it did turn out really good by just looking at the photos. Thanks for bringing us these yummy treats, Lori. Have fun! πŸ™‚

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  4. Wowwww!!! This is a must try recipe.. Loved it!! The photos turned out so good!!
    Lori same here…. I am also a big messy cookπŸ˜ƒ!! My hubby scold me all the time for painting the phone cover with delicious food coloursπŸ˜›πŸ˜ƒ!!

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    • Nimmi! I am laughing so hard about you painting the phone cover with all sorts of lovely colors! Ah, that puts a huge smile on my face! Another fellow messy cook! ❀ it!
      Thank you so much for your sweet words!!


    • Thanks so much Angie! Our time away didn’t totally turned out as planned, but we are grateful for the time, nonetheless! πŸ™‚
      I appreciate your encouraging words!


  5. Hi Lori! I’m sooo glad you are out relaxing! Thank you (and Jhuls) for sharing this awesome recipe. It looks AMAZINGLY delicious. You’ve inspired me to try semifreddo before the summer is out, and it does look easy and elegant (if messy πŸ˜‰ ) I appreciate your vulnerability about the cooking complications! It made the post more interesting, but also helped us get to know you better and sympathize. I love it ❀ πŸ™‚

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    • Glad you liked this post Lina! πŸ™‚ I do love to be real and share even the messy stuff! I do so hope you will try some flavor of semifreddo….it is so yummy!


  6. Great post, Lori, it was so familiar to me- no matter how hard I try, I always end up with some kind of mess when I cook lol Thanks for bringing this to FF, I hope you’re enjoying your vacation with your hubby πŸ˜‰

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  8. Well, the final result certainly looks wonderful and the mess in between makes me feel in good FF company.
    I once had to make a beetroot salad for a photo shoot. Chopping board, knives, peeler, food processor and three sets of serving dishes until I was finally satisfied. The kitchen looked like blood had been splashed everywhere πŸ˜‰
    Have a restful break.

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  9. Oh my dear this made me laugh out loud! I wish we’d have more shots of the way things really look when we’re um, creating beauty in the kitchen!!!!! By the way did you know your little blog persona illustration has really long thin legs and a heck of a lot of thick hair? I love it!

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    • Hi Sue! I am SO glad this gave you such a good laugh! Yay! πŸ˜€ LOL….Never thought about my blog persona up top like that….I just made me into a stick figure to make it a bit whimsical. πŸ™‚ My legs don’t really look like that… πŸ˜‰


  10. Happy Happy Fiesta Friday, Lori!! This is absolutely gorgeous! I’ve never made this before, but you’ve inspired me! You make it sound pretty easy to do… I think that I might be able to pull this one off!! It’s such a beautiful dessert to bring to the table…. thank you so much for sharing this with all of us! I hope you’re having a lovely vacation…<3

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    • I do soooo hope you try to make some Prudy! I would love to see what kind you come up with! It really is super delicious! Thanks for co-hosting again…you are always a lovely co-host! ❀ Vacation didn't totally work out as we had hoped, but we are still very grateful for our time together!


  11. Lori, this looks so pretty and delicious! I need to make this, as it is getting really hot here in Texas approaching August. The perfect healthy and yummy cool treat for our summers. I hope you enjoy your vacation time. πŸ™‚

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  12. Mmm these look berrilicious Lori! Thanks for bringing them! I’ve never tried my hand at semifredo yet because it sounds so difficult but you made it seem so easy so I might have to give it a go this weekend! Hope you have an amazing time with your hubby (:

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  13. Nothing wrong with a little (or lot!) mess, I burned marshmallow onto a burner on Friday that was a fun one! This looks like the mess was totally worth it though, might have to try this one

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    • Oh, I am laughing Michelle! I can always count on you for a funny, messy story back! ❀ it! Yes, this recipe is definitely worth the mess!


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