Mango, Lime and Coconut Semifreddo

Semifreddo, which means half-cold, is a semi-frozen type of dessert. I  like making semifreddo because I can play around with texture and many flavor combination. It is quick and easy to make and unlike ice cream, it requires less freezing time. I have tried making the more common chocolate, nuts and berries combo a few times before but not a tropical one until now. I loved how the mango and lime flavors and the texture of toasted coconut blend together nicely with every spoonful of this creamy mango, lime and coconut semifreddo.Ingredients

Makes about 2 liters

  • 2 large mangoes or 450 g tinned mangoes
  • 2 tsp finely grated lime zest
  • 1 tbs lime juice
  • 1/2 cup moist coconut flakes
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 600 ml thickened cream


1.   If using fresh mangoes, peel them and cut all flesh from the stones. (Drain mango juice if using ones from a tin.) Place in a food processor with lime zest and juice, purée until smooth. Place in the fridge until required.

2.   Spread coconut in a dry frying pan and cook over medium heat, stirring often, for about a minute, or until golden brown. Transfer to a plate to cool.

3.   Place eggs, yolks and sugar into a heatproof bowl. Place over a pan of simmering water (don’t let the base of the bowl touch the water). Using electric beaters, beat for 5 minutes, or until very pale, thick and increased in volume. Remove bowl from the pan.By the way, if you get a double yolk (from one egg), does that count as two yolks? Silly question! 😀4.   In a separate bowl, whip cream to form peaks. Fold through egg mixture until evenly combined, then lightly fold through mango purée and toasted coconut. Transfer to a loaf tin and freeze until firm. Semifreddo is supposed to be semi-frozen and not hard-frozen.You can sprinkle some freshly grated lime zest on top before serving if you wish.Recipe from Food Ideas magazine.

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11 thoughts on “Mango, Lime and Coconut Semifreddo

  1. I’ve never heard of semifreddo before.
    I love mangoes and this looks delicious! Definitely going to give this a try!

    • Razel Rull-Navarro on said:

      Yeah…try this one and I promise you…you will like it. There are heaps of semifreddo recipes online you can try. I like semifreddo because they’re almost like frozen mousse 🙂

      • I like that you don’t need an ice cream maker.

      • Razel Rull-Navarro on said:

        True. But having said that, I have made a couple of ice cream before without the need for an ice cream maker. Was just thinking of making the choco chilli ice cream 🙂

  2. Absolutely lovely! I’m an ice cream kinda gal, but maybe I’ll try this frozen dessert next time!

  3. I’ve never heard of this, but the ingredients and photos look amazing!

  4. Wow That is Amazing Raz


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