Toasted Almond Semifreddo w/ Lemon Curd


Decide which mold to use. In this video a 3" round was used. Line mold with parchment paper, otherwise it will be hard to remove

Almond Meringue Cookie

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup egg whites
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla

Lemon Curd

  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • zest and juice of 2 large lemons, approximately ½ cup
  • 4 oz butter

Toasted Almond Semifreddo Base

  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1⅓ cups heavy cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup toasted almond flour (toast almonds, grind them or use almond flour & gently toast in a skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly until light gold in co
  • ½ tsp bitter almond extract
  • 1 tbsp liqueur of choice


Make Almond Meringue Cookie

  1. Preheat oven to 225º
  2. Trace the mold you are going to use onto parchment paper. You will need 2 layers per semifreddo (or more, if you are working with a loaf pan and like meringue), so trace it enough times to produce the requisite number of pieces (number of molds x 2 at least). Place on sheet pan(s), marker side down
  3. Combine sugar, salt and eggs and in a double boiler whisk over heat until about 140º then finish off in the stand mixer and whisk until soft peaks form. Add in vanilla extract, mix well then fold in almonds. Pipe immediately into traced mold template
  4. Bake for 1½- 2 hours, or until dry. It will soften up in the freezer over time. Just don't over-bake or burn it
  5. If you are not using it right away, store in an airtight container. Holds up to 3 days

Make Lemon Curd

  1. In a bain marie (double boiler) over simmering water OR directly over burner in heavy-bottomed pan, combine butter, egg yolks, zest, sugar, salt and juice. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until thick. Push through a strainer to remove zest and coagulated egg
  2. Use immediately or store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  3. You'll use about ½ of this recipe in your semifreddo

Make Toasted Almond Semifreddo

  1. Combine eggs and salt and sugar in bowl of stand mixer and whisk over a bain marie until sugar is dissolved and mixture feels hot to the touch. Mix on med-high speed until cooled and slightly firmer than ribbon stage. Fold in almonds and liqueur
  2. Whip cream with almond and vanilla extracts until almost firm - do not over-whip
  3. Gently fold the egg mixture into the whipped cream.

Assemble the Semifreddo

  1. In your parchment-lined mold or molds, place a meringue cookie
  2. Spoon in enough semifreddo mixture to cover it
  3. Using a pastry bag or a spoon, place a dollop of lemon curd in the center of the mold (or, if you are using a loaf pan, put a long thick line down the middle). Cover with semifredo
  4. Place another cookie on top of the semifreddo. Spoon more semifreddo over top to cover
  5. Freeze for at least 6 hours before serving.  Remove from freezer at least 5-10 minutes before serving to allow semifreddo to soften up