Passionfruit semifreddo – easy passionfruit icecream

2 Feb


Firstly let me apologise for the [lack] of photos. I made this obscenely rich passionfruit semi-freddo to serve to some friends who came over yesterday. Between setting up all the desserts and ensuring everyone had a plate and making sure things didn’t melt the photo thing pretty much didn’t happen.

Use your imagination – cool, rich ice cream studded with swirls of passionfruit, itself sunshine in a mouthful. Don’t you just want some right now?

This isn’t really an ice cream but on a hot summer’s day like yesterday it certainly ticks all the boxes for an easy, cooling dessert for a crowd. My friends loved it so I am adding this recipe to my ‘go to’ collection.

I sourced the recipe from and tweaked it in the most minute of ways.



1 egg

2 egg yolks

1/2 cup caster sugar

300ml thickened cream

1/3 cup  passionfruit pulp [I used tinned as I had some in pantry]

2 tablespoons lemon juice


Line a loaf tin [8cmx 24cm] with plastic wrap, leaving plenty of overhang.

Use an electric mixer to whisk the egg, egg yolks and sugar in a medium heatproof bowl until thick and creamy. While continually whisking, place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and whisk for five minutes or until mixture doubles in size. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a clean bowl using a clean electric mixer, whisk cream until soft peaks stage. Add half the cream to the egg mixture and gently fold until just combined. Add the remaining cream, passionfruit pulp and lemon juice and fold until just combined. Pour into the prepared pan and place in the freezer for 6 hours or overnight until firm.

Turn onto platter and slice.


33 Responses to “Passionfruit semifreddo – easy passionfruit icecream”

  1. ladyredspecs February 3, 2014 at 2:27 am #

    Mmmmm, I had a standby fave just like this, haven’t made it for ages though. That is about to change! I bet it was luscious!

    • thehungrymum February 3, 2014 at 3:36 am #

      Thanks! No time like the present 🙂 Have a fab week.

  2. Ada ~ More Food, Please February 3, 2014 at 5:49 am #

    This sounds so decadent! Love how it doesn’t even require that many ingredients. Thanks for sharing 😀

    • thehungrymum February 3, 2014 at 9:44 am #

      Awww, thanks 🙂 I find the less ingredients the more likely I am to make it!

  3. Gather and Graze February 3, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    This sounds really delicious! I’m a huge fan of passionfruit… even more so when it’s folded into ice-cream! 🙂

  4. craftysorcha February 3, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

    That looks lovely! 🙂

  5. ohlidia February 3, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

    LOVE passionfruit and I know I’d love this. Looks luscious!

    • thehungrymum February 4, 2014 at 7:58 am #

      Awww, ta! Is very yummy AND very easy 🙂

  6. Liz February 3, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    the ingredients alone have me swooning. Lovely 🙂 And yes, it would be extra amazing on an especially hot day. Will file the recipe for my August!

    • thehungrymum February 4, 2014 at 7:58 am #

      Thanks! Is such a summery dish [but not a very ‘light’ one!].

  7. Shikha la mode February 3, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

    Mmmm I haven’t made semifreddo in forever, so thanks for the reminder!

    • thehungrymum February 4, 2014 at 8:03 am #

      Maybe the time is now! Even in winter I bet you’d have lots of people offering to help you eat it 🙂

  8. sweetbitesbybrandi February 3, 2014 at 11:41 pm #

    I laugh when you talk about your HOT weather. We had 6 inches of snow today! Looks yummy!

    • thehungrymum February 4, 2014 at 8:04 am #

      oh wow! I can’t fathom such immense cold! Our temp dropped to 25C today and we are all so happy for a cooler day 🙂

  9. tastytreats13 February 4, 2014 at 12:36 am #

    That sounds wonderful!

  10. February 4, 2014 at 2:08 pm #

    I have not made ice cream in quite awhile – actually I used an ice cream maker. Your recipe sounds delicious 🙂

    • thehungrymum February 5, 2014 at 9:00 am #

      This is super dooper easy – no ice cream maker needed. Give it a go 🙂

  11. lisa lawless (@lisaiscooking) February 4, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

    That must have been heavenly on a hot day! Although, I’d enjoy it in our chilly weather too. Sounds lovely.

    • thehungrymum February 5, 2014 at 8:54 am #

      thanks! Give it a go – you’ll be *so* happy you did 🙂

  12. Fae's Twist & Tango February 5, 2014 at 5:54 pm #

    I am just learning to use passion-fruit and this is one of those wonderful treats!

    • thehungrymum February 6, 2014 at 1:22 am #

      I’m not actually a fan of passionfruit [ I would never eat one!] but I love baking with it. I made a passionfruit bundt cake yesterday to take to work & vanished in a flash!

  13. thehungryartist February 6, 2014 at 7:26 pm #

    Sounds really delicious! I love passionfruit — they have all kinds of passion fruit desserts in Hawaii, and it’s the only time I get to eat them.

  14. v8mile February 8, 2014 at 4:52 am #

    I’ve never tried making my own ice cream before— but this recipe looks easy and tasty. (Also, I prefer your description to photos— ice cream is impossible to photograph well!)

    • thehungrymum February 8, 2014 at 8:37 am #

      Thanks! I am better with words than images 🙂 Hope you try this – is easy & well worth making.

  15. Choc Chip Uru February 8, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

    You don’t need many photos to know this would taste 100% amazing 😀
    Lovely dessert!

    Choc Chip Uru

    • thehungrymum February 9, 2014 at 11:56 pm #

      Awww, you say the sweetest things, CCU x

  16. Tiffany February 10, 2014 at 4:57 am #

    I guess we don’t need to have pictures to know how yummy ice cream (semifreddo) tastes! Passionfruit sounds amazing, and the fact that it’s EASY is even better!

  17. Sara (Belly Rumbles) (@bellyrumbles) February 25, 2014 at 1:50 am #

    Looks absolutely delicious. I get the photo thing, but what you have up is making my tastebuds tingle. Great recipe Mum who is Hungry ;p

    • thehungrymum February 25, 2014 at 7:27 am #

      Thanks! I need to get myself better organised so this doesn’t keep happening ALL the time.

  18. bavariansojourn March 11, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know that your Passionfruit Semi-freddo recipe was featured in the BritMum’s Foodie Italian round up this month! 🙂

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