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Chocolate & Hazelnut Nutella Semifreddo

February 10

A semifreddo is a light, velvety Italian treat. Technically it’s a frozen dessert but when served, it’s more like a chilled mousse, hence the name ‘half-cold’! Drizzled with melted nutella and topped with roasted hazelnuts, this is a perfect make-ahead dinner party dessert.

  • serves Serves 6
  • time 20 mins + freezer time


  1. 1. Double line a 1.5 litre capacity loaf tin with cling film. Put the Nutella in a small heatproof bowl and then stand it in a larger bowl of boiling water for 5–10 minutes until it has softened.
  2. 2. Place the egg, egg yolks, vanilla extract and sugar in a heatproof bowl and set it over a saucepan of simmering water. Using a hand-held electric whisk, beat for about 8 minutes until the mixture is thick and pale. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. 3. In a separate large bowl, whip the double cream until it is stiff . Fold in the pale egg mixture until combined.
  4. 4. Pour half the mix into the prepared loaf tin. Make a shallow well along the centre and pour in the Nutella. Pour the rest of the semifreddo mix over the top and, using a knife, swirl through the Nutella. Cover with cling film and place in the freezer to set for 6 hours.
  5. 5. To serve, turn the semifreddo out onto a serving platter and carefully remove the clingfilm. Sprinkle it with the toasted hazelnuts and serve in generous slices.

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1 cup Nutella

1 large free-range egg

3 large free-range egg yolks

1 tsp vanilla extract

2/3 cup caster sugar

1 2/3 cups double cream

1/2 cup toasted skinless hazelnuts, finely chopped

100g Nutella

1 large free-range egg

3 large free-range egg yolks

1 tsp vanilla extract

150g caster sugar

400ml double cream

75g toasted skinless hazelnuts, finely chopped

You'll Need

1.5 litre capacity loaf tin

Small heatproof bowl

Large bowl

Medium heatproof bowl

Hand-held electric whisk

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