Chocolate and Lemon-Pistachio Semifreddo

Chocolate and Lemon-Pistachio Semifreddo // Dula Notes

The long Memorial Day weekend was just what we needed. Our barbecue was a success  and it was really nice to have my parents stay with us for the weekend. Mom and I made cream puffs! Dad and I went on a 12 mile bike ride after eating cream puffs for breakfast! The weather was sunny,  breezy and just gorgeous. I also have a Memorial Day tip for you. If you live in a state that has bottle returns, do not return your bottles the day after Memorial Day. I thought I’d stop in at the grocery store and get that done quickly, but I really should have known better. Among the chaos, though, I used a bottle return machine after a man had just finished and he forgot to push the button for his receipt before moving to a different machine. I pushed the button and handed the receipt to him. That’s when I noticed his army shorts in that desert pixelated pattern. He smiled and thanked me. In the parking lot I saw him get into his truck with an army sticker on the back. I wish I would have thought to thank him for his service to our country.

Chocolate and Lemon-Pistachio Semifreddo // Dula Notes

I hope you enjoyed your weekend, too, and holiday or not, it’s a party when there’s semifreddo around, right? While in Chicago, I noticed semifreddos on several dessert menus. I vowed to make my dream semifreddo when the weather warmed up and this chocolate and lemon-pistachio one was born. The frozen slices are cute and it’s fun to slice up for guests. Or you can eat it by yourself, no judgement. The top layer is soft with lots of lemon pistachio flavor and the chocolate layer is dense with rich chocolate flavor. I bet you’ll have trouble deciding which is your favorite layer.

Chocolate and Lemon-Pistachio Semifreddo // Dula Notes

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  1. I’m glad you got to make your cream puff AND semifreddo dreams come true! This looks amazing. Love those contrasty layers.

    • Thanks, Cindy! Your semifreddos are the prettiest! I can’t wait to share my cream puffs 🙂

  2. Nicole, this semifreddo is so gorgeous and elegant! Your cream puffs looked amazing and you totally inspired me to put them on my baking bucket list (they kind of intimidate me…). Glad your Memorial Day Weekend was a hit 🙂

    • Thank you, Amy! I’ll share my mom’s recipe for cream puffs soon and no worries, they are much easier than they look 🙂

    • Some semifreddos are made with a custard base like ice cream, but I like this easy peasy whipped cream version! Thanks, Renee!

    • Thanks! My favorite pistachio ice cream has a hint of lemon in it, so I had to give it a try. I love how it turned out!

  3. Your weekend sounds just perfect! I have this yearning to make a semifreddo now–I’ve never tried, and your combination of flavors sounds off.the.hook.

    • I am sure you’d make a killer semifreddo! A purple one would surely send Prince to your doorstep 🙂

    • Thanks, Stephanie! It’s so easy to make and I’m sure you appreciate its loaf shape given your fondness for quick breads 🙂

    • Hi Karen! I think it would be great for Father’s Day 🙂 Servings depend on how thick you decide to cute your slices. You freeze it in a standard 9 x 5 loaf pan and I think 10-12 is a reasonable amount of slices.

  4. Your long weekend sounds fabulous! A 12 mile bike ride! I’m impressed. I’m just getting back into some leisurely weekend biking and each time I go, I feel exhausted but sooo happy. Your photos are so, so gorgeous these days, Nicole.

    • You’re too kind, Kasey! A long bike ride on a beautiful day is one of life’s best simple pleasures. I know what you mean about the happy exhaustion. It’s such a great feeling!

  5. This may sound crazy but this is seriously one of the most beautiful food photos I have ever seen. It looks very involved but I may have to try it for a special occasion this summer.

    • I’m blushing, Sara! I’m so glad you love the photo. The recipe does makes a few dishes, but I promise it isn’t difficult. You make the lemon-pistachio mixture, melt the chocolate and then whip the cream. The rest is folding and adding to a loaf pan before freezing. It’s a lovely dessert for a special occasion!

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