Anyone can serve an easy dessert--break out a box of chocolates, a carton of ice cream or a package of cookies and voila, instant gratification. It is also infinitely possible to serve an impressive dessert--either with a lengthy stretch in the kitchen, wrestling with pastry dough and caramelizing sugar or by laying out significant cash at a high-end patisserie. But today we have an easy and impressive dessert, starring this week's featured ingredient: vanilla. We mentioned vanilla's reputed aphrodisiac properties previously; if your dinner guests sprint to the door after ingesting our concoction, we take no responsibility. But, we guarantee that this Semifreddo will be a hit.
Semifreddo, or 'half cold' in Italian, encompasses a category of desserts including cakes, ice creams, fruits, custards or whipped creams that are partially frozen. The following has been a go-to in my repertoire for years; it is simple, elegant, and very, very delicious.
Makes 6-8 servings
Salumeria or Downtown Cheese)
3/4 cup confectioner's sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
Place all ingredients in large mixing bowl. Blend on medium high speed for 1 minute til mixture is smooth. Chill and serve.