Berry and Amaretti Semifreddo

This velvety sensation from Naples is a wonderful no-bake dessert, created by folding cream into an Italian meringue. Semifreddo translates as ‘half cold’ which is just how it’s served… a creamy slice with fresh fruit on top!

Categories: Desserts

Serves: 8-10 Preparation time: 40 minutes, plus 8 hours freezing time. Cooking time: N/A



  • 400g mixed berries, e.g. raspberries, strawberries, extra to decorate
  • 50g icing sugar
  • Finely grated zest and juice 1 unwaxed lemon
  • 4 medium eggs, separated
  • 50g caster sugar, plus 2tbsp for step 6
  • 125ml Filippo Berio Mild Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 400ml double cream
  • 50g amaretti biscuits, crushed


  1. Line the base and sides of a loaf tin (large enough to hold 2 pints of liquid) with baking paper. Quarter the strawberries, put into a pan with the remaining fruit. Add the icing sugar and lemon juice and simmer for 5 minutes, until the berries have softened and the liquid is syrupy.
  2. With a slotted spoon, lift out half the berries and set aside. Blend the remaining mixture until smooth and push the purée through a fine sieve into a separate bowl (discard pips). Leave the purée and berries to cool separately.
  3. Place the egg yolk, lemon zest and caster sugar in a bowl and beat with an electric whisk for 3-4 minutes until the mixture thickens and is paler in colour. Gradually whisk in the Filippo Berio Mild Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk the cream until it forms soft peaks, then fold into the egg yolk mixture until combined.
  5. Fold in the fruit purée and berries.
  6. In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks, then whisk in caster sugar 1 tbsp at a time until thick and glossy.
  7. Gently fold the egg whites into the berry cream mixture until combined, then gently stir in the crushed amaretti.
  8. Pour into the tin and place in the freezer for at least 8 hours.
  9. Thaw in the fridge for 1 hour before serving in slices, with extra berries.

Cook with:

Mild Extra Virgin Olive Oil

This mild, light-bodied Extra Virgin Olive Oil is carefully blended to give a smooth, subtle flavour that the whole family will love.

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