Pumpkin Semifreddo with Chocolate-Covered Pistachios | Jordan Andino


Pumpkin Semifreddo with Chocolate-Covered Pistachios | Jordan Andino

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“This recipe makes for the easiest frozen dessert that’s on theme for any event from September through December!” says Food Network host Jordan Andino. And unlike ice cream, there’s no churning involved, so there are no headaches, especially if you want to scale it up for large parties. “The best part: the pumpkin and mascarpone give you sweet and savory bites that are even better with the flavor and texture from the chocolate-covered pistachios!”  

For more holiday desserts, check out this Sticky Toffee Pudding and Stuffed Cake with 5 Flavors. 


    3 eggs, separated¼ cup granulated sugar1 teaspoon cream of tartar1 quart heavy cream2 teaspoons ground cinnamon14 ounces sweetened condensed milk 8 ounces mascarpone2 teaspoons salt (kosher or iodized) 14 ounces pumpkin puree10 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate 1 teaspoon vegetable oil9 ounces pistachios, shelled

Yield Preparation

In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar. Mix at medium speed until the egg whites begin to get frothy. Add half of the heavy cream and the cinnamon and whip on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Transfer the egg white mixture to a large bowl and set aside. 

In the stand mixer, combine the egg yolks, condensed milk, mascarpone, salt and remaining heavy cream and whisk at medium speed until soft peaks form. Transfer the egg yolk mixture to the bowl with the egg white mixture and slowly begin to fold them together, trying to maintain as much fluffiness as possible. 

Add the pumpkin puree in thirds and lightly fold it into the mixture so you end up with some streaks. Using a 1-cup measurer, fill twelve 9-ounce clear cups almost to the brim, then place in the freezer for about 2 hours. 

Meanwhile, fill the bottom of a double boiler or pot about halfway with water and heat it over medium heat. Once the water just begins to simmer, add the insert or a heatproof bowl containing the chocolate and vegetable oil and stir every few minutes until the chocolate has fully melted. 

Remove from the heat and add the pistachios. Mix until completely combined, then pour the mixture onto a baking sheet and set aside to cool.  

To serve, garnish each cup with pieces of the chocolate-covered pistachios. 

Consuming raw egg may increase your risk of foodborne illness. 


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