Mango Lemon Semifreddo with Blackberries

Mango Semifreddo with BlackberriesFew tastes compare to fresh blackberries picked on a warm summer day.  When I played in the backyard as a girl, I would sometimes spy a ripe berry along the chain link fence and pop it into my mouth.  Where I live now, blackberries don’t grow wild, but I haven’t forgotten their allure.  I guessed that a cool dessert like mango lemon semifreddo would be enhanced by pairing it with some sweet, juicy blackberries that I bought.  My guess was correct, and the results were rewarding indeed.

Although semifreddo sounds like a very grown-up dessert, I found that it was really rather simple to make.  All I did was combine whipped cream with mango lemon curd and toss in some berries before freezing.  I made individual semifreddo cups, but other versions I’ve seen come in loaf form, which would work just as well for this recipe.  So perhaps it’s time for you to create your own semifreddo, which is especially refreshing this time of year.  It’s a wonderful make-ahead frozen dessert, and it can be pulled out whenever the mood strikes or you have guests dropping in for a visit.

Mango Semifreddo with Blackberries


Mango Lemon Semifreddo with Blackberries

  • Servings: 6 to 8
  • Time: 30 mins plus freezing time
  • Difficulty: easy
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For the mango lemon curd

  • 2/3 cup fresh or frozen (thawed) mango pieces
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup pure honey
  • 3 egg yolks

For the semifreddo

  • mango lemon curd, above (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cups whipped cream or non-dairy whipped coconut cream
  • fresh blackberries


  1. To make the mango lemon curd, puree mango, lemon juice, egg yolks, and honey together in a blender or food processor until smooth.  Transfer to a microwave-safe bowl and cook in the microwave on high for 60 seconds.  Stir and cook on high again in 30 second intervals until smooth and thickened (it will be like a thin pudding).  Let cool to room temperature.  It may be chilled further in the refrigerator for best results.
  2. Gently fold together whipped cream and mango lemon curd until evenly combined.  Spoon the mixture into ramekins or a loaf pan and add some of the fresh blackberries.  Cover ramekins or pan with foil or plastic wrap and freeze for 3 hours or longer  (a loaf-size pan will require more time).
  3. Just before serving, dip the ramekins or loaf pan in warm water to loosen the cold semifreddo from the edges.  Invert onto a serving platter or plates, and top with remaining fresh berries.

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41 comments on “Mango Lemon Semifreddo with Blackberries

  1. Looks and sounds fabulous! Must try!

  2. I have never heard of semifreddo, but it sure looks wonderful! Bookmarking! :-)

    • I think I first came across a recipe in a cookbook years ago, but the eggs seemed a little daunting. I finally found a way to make it more easily and I’m glad I went for it! Hope you can try it too! ;)

  3. These look absolutely delightful! I’ve never tried semifreddo, but have always wanted to. Sounds delicious!

  4. This looks like an amazing, refreshing dessert for summer! I’m coming over to your house :)

  5. This looks refreshing, and yummy! I love the fresh blackberries on top!

  6. So refreshing and delicious! The perfect summer time treat!

  7. This is beautiful! I’d love it if you’d be interested to share this on Naturally Sweet Tuesday this week. Thanks for considering :) ~Aubree


  8. Sounds really good! Beautiful dessert! Pinned:)

  9. Wow! It’s so easy and looks delicious. I love this kind of dessert for summer get-togethers. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Whatits.

    • The bakeries up here turn out some pretty good desserts. So if I’m going to make something, it’s got to taste good and take less time than a trip to town. :)

  10. I think i prefer semifreddos from ice creams! This one is right up my alley!

  11. I just love mango and I’m looking forward to trying blueberries and mango together in a frozen dessert – yumm! Thank you for sharing on the Foodie Friday linkup – great to meet other people who love food as much as I do.

  12. Pinned because this sounds so delish.

  13. Wow, this sounds divine. Love the combination of flavors and textures!

    Found your great blog through Gluten-Free Friday. :)

  14. I’ve never made a semifreddo and that really needs to change! This flavor combination sounds so amazing!

    • I’m glad I finally went ahead and tried semifreddo. It was the uncooked eggs in other recipes that held me back. I’m sure you’ll enjoy your results too. Bon appetit!

  15. waw, this sounds so good..;)

  16. I’ve never made anything like this before, but I’d love to try it – it looks delicious! Thanks for sharing it at Naturally Sweet Tuesday! ~Aubree

    p.s. the linkup for this week is live :) http://livingfree.aubreecherie.com/2014/06/naturally-sweet-tuesday-june-10-2014/

  17. I love semifreddo– yours looks AMAZING!!

  18. I love wild blackberries, there’s nothing like them. This dessert looks yummy. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

  19. Yes yes yes, I must try this. Thanks for the post. My blog: http://www.agrnhouse.blogspot.com

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