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Festive Semi-Freddo

Festive Semi-Freddo

Makes +- 2 liters


  • 250g fruit cake mix
  • 50g green glace cherries cut in half
  • 50g red glace cherries cut in half
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Half cup brandy
  • 1 cup strong rooibos tea
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Half scraped vanilla pod or 5ml vanilla essence
  • 200g castor sugar
  • 500ml cream
  • Half cup pecan nuts chopped (optional)


  1. Place the fruit cake mix, cherries, cinnamon, brandy and rooibos tea in pot and bring to a slow simmer.
  2. On low heat, keep on stirring until all the liquid is absorbed, taking care not to burn it.
  3. Let the mixture cool down totally.
  4. Place eggs, egg yolks, vanilla and sugar in a heat proof bowl and whisk until well combined.
  5. Place on top of a saucepan with simmering water and whisk until thick, and pale, about 20 minutes.
  6. Let it cool down for 20 minutes.
  7. Fold in whipped cream, chilled fruit cake mix and nuts if used.
  8. Freeze in a bread tin lined with plastic wrap to be able to unmould when ready, slice and serve with your favourite fruit syrup and white chocolate sauce.
  9. You could also freeze in a container and use an ice-cream scoop to serve.
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