Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 23rd July 2010

Get ready for a frozen dessert recipe that is going to knock your socks off! Donna Hay’s Double Chocolate Brownie Semifreddo is out of this world!

A photo of Donna Hay's double chocolate semifreddo in a tin baking dish with three plastic spoons, one blue, one pink and one yellow, arranged in a row, one with a scoop of semifreddo.

I cheated a little this time and used store-bought brownies but next time I’m going for gold and using my favourite brownie recipe, Fudgy Chocolate Brownies.  I am so looking forward to that double chocolate explosion.

A photo of a cup of double chocolate brownie semifreddo garnished with chopped brownies, with a blue spoon inserted in cup and 2 small brownie bites displayed in front of glass on a piece of white parchment that is sitting atop a blue napkin.

I can’t believe it, I am as Italian as you can get, and I have never tried semifreddo, where have I been.  I haven’t been able to make any frozen desserts for weeks, my freezer is way too full, but when I spotted Donna’s recipe for double chocolate brownie semifreddo, it was directly to the freezer to see what I could do to make room for at least 1 batch if not 2.  A couple of roasted chickens and a rack of ribs later, finally, there was enough room for 2 batches, 1 just wouldn’t do.

A close up photo of 3 double chocolate brownie semifreddo desserts in pink and brown polka dotted paper cups, sitting on a piece of parchment with small brownies bites scattered around the cups.

Semifreddo in Italian literally means half cold, but in fact, semifreddo is quite cold, it just doesn’t freeze hard like ice cream.  The consistency is similar to a whipped, fluffy mousse.  If you’re going to scoop semifreddo into a cone you better eat quickly, unlike ice cream it melts super fast.

A close up photo of a double chocolate brownie semifreddo dessert with a pink spoon sitting on cup placed on a pink candy striped piece of paper.

The recipe is very easy, you prepare a custard base (a mixture of eggs, sugar, and vanilla), referred to as zabaglione (in Italian) and you fold in whipped cream.  At this stage you can get as creative as you wish and using a spatula you can fold anything your heart desires.  For me it had to be luscious, rich dark chocolate and of course chewy chocolatey brownies.

A close up photo of a double chocolate brownie semifreddo dessert served in a clear tumbler garnished with brownie bites, tumbler is wrapped in tin foil, nestled in a white tea towel.

It’s the perfect time of year to puree fresh juicy, sweet berries like raspberries, blueberries or strawberries.  If you’re going to use berries, line your tin with parchment paper leaving at least a 2-inch overhang (makes it much easier to remove) and right before serving unmold, remove parchment and cut slices to showcase the bits of berries in the semifreddo.  To make it a little extra special you could serve with a berry sauce.

A photo of 3 double chocolate brownie semifreddo desserts, served in pink and brown polka dotted cups, lined up in a row placed on a brown tea towel.

I absolutely drooled over Chocolate Shavings Raspberry Semifreddo, the semifreddo looks like a soft, fluffy pillow with swirls of raspberries.  I would move heaven and earth to dive right into that, so beautiful.

A photo of a large bowl of double chocolate brownie semifreddo nestled in a crumpled, multi-coloured tea towel.

For all you who don’t own an ice cream maker this is the perfect frozen treat and for those of you who do own one, no fussing with freezing the bowl first, then churning and then refreezing.  No excuses, if you want to dive into a bowl of pure chocolate goodness, you can start now and by 8 pm  you’ll be enjoying the fluffiest, creamiest frozen dessert.

Enjoy the weekend!

A photo of a double chocolate brownie semifreddo dessert garnished with brownie bits, sitting atop a pink polka dotted napkin with a spoon on a brown tea towel.

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Comments (31)

31 Responses to “Donna Hay’s Double Chocolate Brownie Semifreddo”

  1. Martha Says:

    this looks AMAZING!!! can’t wait to try this next week…

  2. Grace Says:

    Thank you Martha, you are going to love it!

  3. Andrew G. Carson Says:

    Hi Grace, I’m making dinner for my girlfriend tomorrow and to be honest I was struggling to think of something to make for a dessert so I’d like to thank you for this recipe it’s going to work great with the rest of the meal.

  4. Grace Says:

    Hey Andrew glad you like it, reserve a few brownies to crumble on top, it will give a nice texture contrast. What a nice boyfriend, dinner and dessert, I would be so impressed and feel very loved. She is one lucky girl!

  5. HoneyB Says:

    This looks so decadent! I would love some!

  6. Grace Says:

    I am trying very hard to resist a 3rd bowl, lucky I made a second batch.

  7. Julia M Lindsey Says:

    This looks sinful. I cant wait to try it.

  8. Memoria Says:

    It may not be the perfect season to make a fruit semifreddo in all regions of the earth, but it is here!! I would rather have the one you made, though. YUM!! Now I will have to check out your favorite brownie recipe. Your photos are FANTASTIC!!

  9. Grace Says:

    Memoria you are so right, that’s the one thing I seem to forget every time I write a post, it’s out there for all parts of the world to read and not all are experiencing are beautiful warm weather. Thank you for the compliment I will be sure to relay the message to my daughter, Liana.

  10. Stacey N. Says:

    Grace you seem to be on a chocolate kick these days – all so amazing looking! What I love about the recipes you share is that everything seems very doable. Did you by any chance get the Donna Hay kids issue? I can’t find it here in NY.

    Well, this is yet another one I need to add to my list to make. My mom and my husband are total chocoholics!

  11. Grace Says:

    Hey Stacey

    I didn’t realize she had a kid’s issue. I am having a hard time picking up any of her magazines here in Canada. I am hoping to find where I can subscribe to it. I really like her recipes and went to purchase a couple of her books yesterday but unfortunately none were in stock. I think I will have to order from Amazon. I have been watching her on MasterChef Australia and I love her take on food and she’s such a beautiful food stylist. Do you have any of her books, not sure which I should start with to add to my collection of cookbooks?

  12. Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog Says:

    You said double chocolate brownie…swoon!! And only 2 litres? I think isn’t enough :)

    Have a great weekend!

    Cheers,

    Gera

  13. Grace Says:

    Gera I doubled the recipe and it’s still not enough. You have a great weekend too!

  14. Grace Says:

    I guess we are swapping desserts this weekend, I’m looking forward to trying yours too.

  15. Marly Says:

    I don’t know how you do it, Grace. I’ve never heard of this, but it sounds so delicious! Believe it or not, I just made some vegan chocolate ice cream tonight! But now I’m wishing there was some brownie to smoosh in it…wait! I have brownies too. Well, I might have to try to veganize this recipe a little tomorrow. You’re so inspirational!

  16. Elizabeth Says:

    Just wondering…where did you get these spoons? The colorful ones? This recipe looks amazing though. Definitely gonna try it!

  17. Grace Says:

    Hi Elizabeth those spoons were a very nice gift from a company called Zak Designs. Last year I spotted these cute 1 quart ice cream containers and had a hard time getting a question answered about the product from the vendor. When I couldn’t get an answer from the vendor I contacted the company directly. In about a week’s time I received notification from the postal company that I’d received a pkg. I couldn’t figure out what it could be because I hadn’t placed any orders. When I opened the package not only was there an ice cream container but 4 ice cream bowls and 4 spoons from the company. I was so surprised and so grateful! Way beyond normal customer service.

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  19. Ryan Says:

    Brownie semifreddo or chicken? No contest, lose the chicken.

  20. Grace Says:

    Ryan you are two funny!

  21. Clara Says:

    i love donna hay, and your pictures look amazing! think i’ll try this next week:)

  22. Grace Says:

    Clara since watching MasterChef she is fast becoming a favourite, in fact, I just purchased one of her cookbooks, looking forward to trying more of her recipes.

  23. John Says:

    Made a double batch for Thanksgiving with a raspberry drizzle on the side. WOW – was the hit of the day. Even people not fond of chocolate loved it. Its like eating a piece of heaven.

  24. Grace Says:

    Wonderful to hear John. It was one of my favourites too. I may just have to make one this week. Glad all enjoyed it. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  26. betty Says:

    this looks so good – i want to try it!

  27. Eve Says:

    Made this today and I was surprised with how smooth and mousse like it is!! I skipped the brownies and put 1/2 cup of white choc chips and served it with meringues and strawberries. Absolutely divine!!!

  28. Grace Says:

    Your changes sound wonderful Eve. I just made a semifreddo and I was thinking about this one. You’re right it was very creamy. I used a bit of a different technique this time, hopefully to make it even creamier. Haven’t tried it yet, it’s chilling. I’m glad you enjoyed. Will have to try it with your changes next time I make it.

  29. Rachid Says:

    Hi I’m planning on making this for my friends birthday dinner next week. A bit adventurous for me but I’m sure it’ll be worth it!

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