Taste of Cyprus Sweets Mocha Semifreddo

Mocha Semifreddo

Ingredients:

160 grams butter cookies
½ cup roasted almonds, coarsely ground
100 grams Philadelphia style cream cheese
400 grams sweetened condensed milk
3 Tbs instant coffee granules
3 Tbs hot water
500 ml whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the chocolate ganache:

250 grams bittersweet chocolate
250 ml whipping cream
1-2 Tbs coffee liqueur
Method:

To roast the almonds spread on a baking sheet and bake in a 175 C oven for 6-8 minutes. Cool slightly and then chop them roughly in a mini-chopper. Don’t turn them into powder. You want to feel the nuts in the semifreddo.

Crush the cookies in a mini chopper or food processor. It’s ok if some larger pieces remain. Set aside in a bowl until needed.

Make the chocolate ganache by heating the cream in a small saucepan. Put chocolate in a heatproof bowl and pour over it the hot cream. Let it stand for 5 minutes. Mix until chocolate has melted completely and mixture is smooth. Set aside until needed

Put coffee granules in a mug or small bowl. Add the hot water and stir to dissolve.

In a large bowl, whip together the condensed milk with the cream cheese. Mix in the dissolved coffee.

In a mixer bowl whip cream and vanilla to soft peaks. Fold whipped cream in the milk/cheese/coffee mixture. Mix until you have a smooth coffee cream.

Time to assemble the semifreddo. Line the base and sides of a wet loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving some hanging from the sides.

Spread the base with about 4 tablespoons of the coffee cream. Layer will be thin.
Sprinkle cream with 4 tablespoons of the cookie crumbs and
about 3 tablespoons of the nuts

Pour over 1/3 of the chocolate ganache
Top with spoonfuls of about half of the coffee cream.
Repeat process:

Four tablespoons cookie crumbs
Three tablespoons almonds
1/3 of the chocolate ganache
Coffee cream

Finish with a final layer of cookie crumbs and nuts, keeping some for decoration if you like.

Fold over the plastic overhang to cover the semifreddo completely. Transfer in the freezer for at least 6 hours.

To serve, transfer semifreddo in the fridge for 30 minutes (you can also serve this straight from the freezer, which is actually a better idea if you live in Cyprus and it’s the middle of July!). Run a spatula around the edges to help unmold the dessert. Unfold the plastic wrap and invert on a serving platter. Remove the wrap and discard. Pour over the remaining ganache and sprinkle with cookie crumbs and nuts. Slice with a warm knife and serve.

Galatia Pamporides, www.cuisinovia.com

Top Stories

Labour Ministry: Special leave requests for parents

The Labour Minister's decision on the special allowance for parents looking after their children because schools have closed has been published in the special...

UK universities minister tells students ‘stay where you are’

Michelle Donelan, the UK's minister of state for universities, has told students at English Universities who are still in halls of residence or private...

U.S. coronavirus cases surge past 115,000; Trump mulls New York quarantine

The number of known coronavirus U.S. cases soared well past 115,000, with more than 1,900 dead, as President Donald Trump said on Saturday he...

UK will have done well if fewer than 20,000 die, NHS medical director says

The United Kingdom will have done well if it comes through the coronavirus crisis with fewer than 20,000 deaths, Stephen Powis, the national medical...

Lombardy coronavirus deaths near 6,000 as Italy mulls extending lockdown

Italy's Lombardy region, which has borne the worst of the coronavirus contagion, recorded 542 new deaths on Saturday as the national government was said...

Taste

Village salad

A must-have with every meal is a village salad. You will find it in every tavern or greek restaurant you visit in Cyprus. Make...

Courgettes with eggs

Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the courgettes at a medium heat until they soften. Add salt and add the eggs....

Classic Pastitsio

Prepare the mince sauce: heat the butter in a pan and sauté the mince with the onion and garlic until nicely browned, mixing well....

Grilled vegetable and goat cheese rolls

Brush the vegetables with olive oil and season. Heat a pan/griddle and cook them carefully until golden on both sides, making sure their shape...