Yogurt Raspberry Semifreddo for your Valentine

Yogurt Raspberry Semifreddo for your Valentine

By 12/02/2014

How more exciting can it get than jetting off to Paris to spend a fab weekend in the most romantic city in the world?
With a plane almost entirely taken over by couples talking in whispers, holding red roses and some even heart shaped "Be my Valentine" balloons, off I went holding hands, looking flushed to spend a weekend of love many years ago.

A dating plane that was.

Of course during that weekend I made the most of it by visiting refined French restaurants, drinking flutes of Champagne, gorging on fab patisserie which looked like jewels in shop's windows and even buying sexy French lingerie to keep as a souvenir of my holiday (and never to be worn again!). Well, I guess it went with the whole Paris thing. Good, but far too commercial.

These days with no hesitation, for St. Valentine home is the place to be.

There is something extra special in cooking a special meal for your loved one which can mean so much more than just getting out your credit card to pay for a romantic weekend or for a meal a deux.

And yes, let's get that good bottle of Prosecco out, let's get some gigantic prawnies or the best juicy steak you can afford and oh..even candles would do; let's make a big fuss out of Valentine. Cheesy? Very likely, but very satisfying indeed.

This year I am going with the "Valentine theme" with a pink raspberry semi-freddo. Which is a half frozen Italian dessert. Delicious and refreshing. It is easy to make and you can decorate it as you like; perfect after a rich (home cooked!) 🙂 Valentine dinner!

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 10 min + 8 hours freezing time minutes



Whiz 150 g of raspberries and reduce them into a puree. Pour the puree into a sauce pan, add 2 tbsp of sugar and the juice of half a lemon. Bring to the boil and cook for 8-10 minutes until the fruit has reduced

Yogurt Raspberry Semifreddo

Sieve the puree in a strainer to remove any seeds

Yogurt Raspberry Semifreddo

Yogurt Raspberry Semifreddo

Whip the cream, add the remaining sugar, the chocolate chips and the yogurt. Let the raspberry puree cool down then add it to the cream mixture and stir well. Leave 2 or 3  tbsp of  whipped cream aside for the decoration

Yogurt Raspberry Semifreddo

Pour the mixture in a mould, level well with a spoon or with a spatula and place in the freezer for about 8 hours. It needs to solidify well

Yogurt Raspberry Semifreddo

Take the semifreddo out of the freezer and let it defrost for 30 minutes. Then turn the mould upside down on a flat dish and release the semifreddo. Whip the remaining cream; decorate your dessert with the cream, with the fresh raspberries and with the freeze dried ones; use some pink edible sparkle if you like. A few rose petals scattered all around will make it even more romantic!


Yogurt Raspberry Semifreddo

Yogurt Raspberry Semifreddo

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11 Responses to Yogurt Raspberry Semifreddo for your Valentine

  1. Diana

    This is sooo pretty. And I love making a nice dinner for V. day as well…..anche con le candeline! Che romantico! Lovely post as always!

  2. Choclette

    You are so clever at decoration Alida. This looks fabulous. I’m sure your loved ones will appreciate their valentine’s meal.

  3. gloria

    look beautiful! you always make beauty things!!

    • Alida

      Thank you!

  4. Javelin Warrior

    I love the pink from the raspberries, Alida! And this sounds like such a decadent yet refreshing dessert with the cream and yogurt… Perfect for a Valentine!

    • Alida

      Thank you Mark!

  5. la cucina di Molly

    Un semifreddo molto romantico e goloso, perfetto per festeggiare l’amore! Un abbraccio!

  6. Louise

    A dating plane? How intriguing. A mysterious romantic get-away to Paris, oh Alida…It is memories such as those that evolve into spending Valentine’s Day at home with that certain someone:)

    You really do have that magic touch when it comes to your presentation and ease of preparing. You always make everything sound so easy which makes me feel like perhaps one day I too could make something so inviting and beautiful. You really went over the top with this elegant dessert. Your family is so lucky to have you thinking about satisfying their bellies:)

    Thank you so much for sharing, Alida…Simply gorgeous!

    • Alida

      Thanks so much Louise for your always lovely comments!

  7. Anne

    I’d say your raspberry dessert came out beautifully! Sounds delicious, too. I do think the creamy vs. tart flavorway is something special…

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