Desserts & Baking

Pashka semifreddo

30 minutes, plus overnight freezing time
4 minutes

“I took inspiration from the traditional Easter dessert, pashka, which is loaded with dried fruits, nuts and glacé cherries, to make this ice-cream version. Use any fancy cake mould or a loaf pan. The mixture makes 1 ½ litres, divide between moulds as appropriate.”- Abigail Donnelly

Wine/Spirit Pairing
Woolworths berry daiquiri cooler

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  • 1 litre cream
  • 2 x 385 g cans condensed milk
  • 2 x 175 g full-cream smooth cream cheese tubs, softened, plus extra for piping
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2 t almond essence
  • 200 g whole glacé cherries, halved
  • 100 g dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 100 g flaked almonds, toasted
  • 1 x 100 g box Woolworths white chocolate-coated almonds

1. Whip the cream until dropping consistency. Beat the condensed milk and cream cheese until combined, then beat in the vanilla and almond essence. Beat in the cream until combined.

2. Fold the cherries and chocolate into the cream mixture and spoon into your preferred moulds. Cover with clingwrap and freeze overnight.

3. To unmould, dip the moulds into hot water and ease out the ice cream using a palette knife. Decorate with the flaked and chocolate-coated almonds.

4. If you are decorating it with cream cheese, make sure the cream cheese is soft enough and pipe on using a piping bag and pretty nozzle.

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Photograph: Jan Ras
Production: Abigail Donnelly
Food assistants: Cheri Kustner and Emma Nkunzana

Abigail Donnelly

Recipe by: Abigail Donnelly

Nothing excites Woolworths TASTE's Food Director quite as much as the challenge of dreaming up recipes with innovative new foods – or the thrill of creating deliciousness on a plate with the humblest of ingredients. With Abi by your side, you’ll be a cooking expert in no time at all.

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