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Cassata semifreddo ( Casata de semifreddo)

These days before the New Year (and during) Christmas we still have some special recipes  (the Christmas season is too short) 
Here is the dessert I made for Christmas Eve.
A ricotta and mascarpone cheese semifreddo with dry fruits  with dark chocolate glaze.

We had  for Christmas  orange roasted turkey, salads, and  baked salmon in puff pastry (Esperanza eats fish) and this nice dessert.
Super delicious. We were just the four of us, and I missed my mom who was with us last year.
Anyway it was a nice Christmas ..

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Cassata Semifreddo


400 grams ricotta 
400 grams mascarpone or cream cheese
finely grated zest of 2 oranges
finaley grated zest of 1 lemon
3 large eggs
250 caster sugar
250 mixed glace or candied fruits chopped plus extra to garnish
125 grams pistachios chopped

130 grams dark chocolate chopped
45 grams unsalted butter
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon honey


Line  a 20 cm diameter pudding bowl with plastic wrap. Place the ricotta in a bowl and beat with electric beaters until smooth.Beat in the mascarpone or cream cheese and orange and lemon zest until combined.

Place the eggs and the sugar in a heatproof bowl and set over a saucepan of simmering water. Whisk for 8 minutes or until thick, shiny and glossy. Remove from heat and whisk until cooled.
 Fold into the ricotta mixture, then fold in the fruit and pistachios .Pour into the lined bowl and place in the freezer for at least 10 hours or until set.

For the glaze combined all ingredients in a saucepan over low heat stirring until melted, then set aside to cool.

Remove semifreddo from freeze 20 minutes before serving to soften slightly. Carefully invert onto a serving plate, gently pulling on plastic wrap to remove semifreddo from the bowl.

When the semifreddo is ready on plate, pour over the chocolate glaze (it should be runny but not warm, letting it drip nicely down the sides. Scatter plate with candied fruit, pistacchios or others   to serve.
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You can divide this semifreddo in two little pudding bowl (I made it)
So we had one for Christmas's Eve and other for the following day.
I pour the chocolate and freeze again to serve later. Was fine.

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