Strawberry Semifreddo


  • 1 pound fresh strawberries
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup full-fat Greek yogurt
  • lemon, zested
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • ⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon aged balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 ¾ cups cold heavy cream

For the Crust:

  • 6 shortbread cookies
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter

For the Garnish:

  • 1 ½ cups diced fresh strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar, or more to taste


  • Step 1Line 10 ramekins with plastic wrap and place them onto a baking sheet.
  • Step 2Hull strawberries with the tip of a knife. Place strawberries in a food processor. Add sugar, Greek yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle in a tiny pinch of salt. Pulse on and off to combine; finish pureeing on high until smooth.
  • Step 3Whisk heavy cream in a bowl until soft peaks form. Add the strawberry puree. Stir and fold with a spatula until most of the major streaks disappear. Fill ramekins 1/4 to 1/8 inch from the top with the strawberry mixture. Tap baking sheet against the counter to settle the tops. Cover ramekins in plastic wrap and freeze until mostly firm, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Step 4Meanwhile, place cookies in a resealable plastic bag. Seal; crush cookies through with a rolling pin to get 1 1/2 cups of crumbs. Place crumbs into a bowl; add butter and mix well.
  • Step 5Divide the cookie crumb mixture among the ramekins and smooth out with the back of a spoon. Cover again and freeze until completely frozen, about 2 hours.
  • Step 6Toss diced strawberries with sugar in a bowl. Let rest at room temperature until a syrup forms below the strawberries, about 1 hour.
  • Step 7Warm up each ramekin in your hands to help unmold the semifreddo; invert onto a plate. Top with the strawberries in syrup. Thaw for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.


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