Sunday, July 28, 2013

BANANA SEMIFREDDO - Eggless and Easy

                      You have to dream, before your dream can come true.- Abdul Kalam


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How was your weekend?  Anything special??

Well, mine was.  I met President OBAMA! Yippee, and boy oh boy was he as good looking in person and even more charming.

OK let's not get too excited too soon, I met him In my DREAMS........ literally.

I was a busy girl in my dreams.

I dreamt I was in Waikiki Beach.

I dreamt I ran a 50 mile marathon.

I dreamt I was eating Ice cream right out of a box and I didn't gain an ounce(I wish)..

Well, at least one dream could be partly satisfied right?:)

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Semifreddo(semi frozen)is an Italian dessert. The perfect delicate chilled dessert was the star of our Saturday dinner. 

Very elegant, simple and best of all, it is easy to make.

Pardon me for not using fresh berries, especially when found in abundance. Was too lazy to go get some when we were having company in less than an hour. 

Here goes the simple dessert.


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Inspired by BBC Good Food,  which I bookmarked  way way back.  I 've seen Semifreddo make it's rounds in summer quite often and it's perfect on a hot day after a spicy meal. This is just a method, I just made it my way, this is NO way the traditional form which uses eggs and tastes delicious too.  This is what I tried and loved.

BANANA SEMIFREDDO

Ingredients:


  • 1 cup Whipping Cream(chilled)      
  • 1 cup Milk( 2 percent)        
  • 1/4 cup Condensed Milk( or you could use sugar instead)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp cornstarch            
  • 1 banana  ripe            
  • pistachios and berries of your choice

Method:

1. Chill the bowl you want to whip your cream in for 2 hours.

2.  Dissolve cornstarch in 3 tbsp of cold milk very well and keep aside.
3. In a pan on medium to low heat, add Milk and bring it to a point where you can see little bubble around the edges.
4. Add the dissolved cornstarch to the milk along with the condensed milk and keep stirring, making sure not to get any lumps.
5. Once the mixture coats the back of the spoon or the mixture is little thick like custard consistency, turn off the stove and let it cool.  Make sure to apply some plastic film on top of the custard so it doesn't form a coating(yuck)....
6.  If you want to speed up the cooling process, take a big bowl of ice cubes and leave the custard with the pan on top of the ice and keep stirring..
7. Once completely cooled , in a blender, food processor or A MAGIC Bullet(I love it)...add the custard, banana and puree it to a fine paste and keep it in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes before adding it to the cream and whipping it.
8.  Now take the chilled bowl from the freezer, add the chilled whipping cream using a hand beater or stand mixer, whip the cream mixture till stiff peaks form with 2 tbsp of sugar.
9.  Whip the custard to a good consistency and fold the whipped cream in very very carefully.
10.  Line a pan with wax paper or line a bowl with plastic wrap and POUR the Cream mixture in it, wrap and freeze for minimum of 4-6 hours or overnight.
11.  Let sit at room temp for 10 minutes, take it out on a platter, serve with fresh fruits of your choice and nuts.

ENJOY!!!!
Note- You can increase or decrease the amount of sweetness depending on your taste.

47 comments:

Jeannie said...

Such an yummy icecream, and eggless too! WoW!

I really thought for a moment that you met Obama! Nice dreams... dream on girl!

Lail | With A Spin said...

Semifreddo is really popping up all over this summer. Yours look gorgeous and love the banana flavor.

Thank you for leaving a comment on With A Spin so I can discover you. Nice to meet you too, Asha!

Rekha Vengalil said...

Semifreddo looks so so gorgeous Ash.. If only I could just grab that plate of the screen :-)

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Haha I thought you were serious about meeting Obama. I was all "OMGG!!!" :P But hey dreaming is still fun :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Exquisite! That is such a fabulous summer dessert.

Cheers,

Rosa

Angela from Happiness made from scratch said...

Thank you for visiting my blog.Your semifreddo looks so good - simple but elegant, that's what I like. And your photos are beautiful!

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Helene Dsouza said...

lol you didn't gain an ounce in your dream Asha? I wish I had such dreams lolol =P
mhmm I am craving your banana semifreddo now

cquek said...

Oh you totally captured my attention with these delicious photos!

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Monica said...

lol! Lovely dream! This semifreddo looks like a dream, indeed. I've never made nor tried semifreddo but I would love to. I'm sure it is delectably creamy. Yours looks so pretty.

Archana@FeedingTheFoodie said...

looks perfect for summer. I'm so glad its eggless,I only like to use eggs for baking or for breakfast :)

Nik Sharma said...

That is a beautiful semifreddo, I love that you were able to create it without eggs!

Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen said...

Pretty Banana Semifreddo, Asha!

Priya Anandakumar said...

Banana Semifreddo looks gorgeous, very lovely...
Go on dream girl...

Marcie FlavortheMoments said...

I'm going to have dreams about this tonight. Really, it looks that good to me. The fact that it's easy to make is an added bonus! Terrific dessert.

Amy said...

You sure are busy....in your dream. :) I love that. I wish I can eat a tub of ice cream without gaining an ounce as well! hahaha....

I love Semifreddo! Your easy version sound wonderful when you're having companies in a rush. I love how elegant it looks.

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl said...

You had some busy dreams! I had a dream this weekend I was chased my sharks on a basketball court surrounded by NBA basketball players. Hey, it happens.. in my dreams. :)

This looks yummy!

Chitrangada said...

Great to connect with you Asha. Love the semifreddo.

Honey said...

haha.. love this post.. you met obama. lol... that would be great if it was real life.
i made semifreddo once, and i used light whipped cream and the damn thing wouldn't turn into whipped cream. it was such a disaster, i was like 19 or 20 when i tried.
I should try again. :)

Shashi Charles said...

Oh my goodnes! Pictures of your semifreddo should be deemed illegal! Golly this looks so so good! Just reading the recipe alone made my mouth water!
Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com

Navaneetham Krishnan said...

Did take something similar when I was in Italy. Looks like this recipe I can work on. I can find the ingredients over here except the berries - really expensive over here. Lets see if I can substitute with a local fruit.

Its really breathtaking and delicious.

Nikhil Shivakumar said...

Cool, sweet, and berry nice way to cool down after a hot summer's day. :)

PT said...

it looks marvelous and nice styling too..

Corporate to Kitchen said...

That's a fabulous dessert. The recipe sounds so much like ice cream. I have made some Dll ice cream & just ignoring it to have. Like u said I wish I could eat ice cream from the tub & still not gain an inch:)

Little CookingTips said...

Beautiful and sooo easy to make, with simple ingredients...loved it!
Thank you Asha!

Liz Berg said...

LOL at your dream...they can certainly be crazy, can't they? But your semifreddo is anything but crazy...unless you call it crazy delicious!

neelamba sekaran said...

Very nice dessert in the summer. Lovely photo.

Shruti@PartTimeChef said...

Wow..Ive never considered making semifreddo ...didn know it could be egg free. This is now on my to do list.

sushmita pandit said...

looks delicious....and congrats to u...u met Mr.Obama... i dream alot..like dancing with hrithik roshan.....Abhishek bachan cameto meet me...and many more

AdriBarr said...

Ma che bonta,uno semifreddo molto bello a buonissimo! What a gorgeous semifreddo, and what a fab presentation. Brava!

Asha Shivakumar said...

I've been reading comments and thanks for making me smile.
Love hearing from you'll...and this is a very easy and pleasing dessert..thanks for your great feedback.

Treatntrick Treat and Trick said...

This stunning dessert looks fabulous! Would be great if I can tsste it...

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com said...

Forget about Obama, instead, I want to dream about this dreamy semi-freddo :)

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks said...

God ! reading the first line i was like..u really did meet MR. OBAMA !! oh wow !!! and then come...hum...dream !! anyways..Wikikiki beach + obama....uh lalaa...;) (hope the White HOuse doesnt see this ;). And Asha..this dessert is a killer, so veryinviting...also, happy to let u know that
i have got something for you . hop over to my space. 3 things, u get...2 awards and...a hug !!! ;) Have a great day ahead !

Asha Shivakumar said...

:))..
Thanks everyone...
@Sona- Thanks..

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

This is such a beautiful banana dessert! Love the heaps of berries on top, too. Great recipe!

Ashley - Baker by Nature said...

Wow! This is such a gorgeous banana dessert!!! I want a slice or three!

Contest said...

interesting post
thanks for sharing

Asha Shivakumar said...

@Georgia- thanks for your ever appreciative words.
@Ashley- thanks girl..

saffronstreaks said...

This is such a beautiful semifreddo. Its just popping out from the screen :D . with nuts and berries all the more delectable

Sukanya

Manju @ Manjus Eating Delights said...

Beautiful dessert. I have heard of Semifreddo before. looks so creamy and yummy!

Gloria Baker said...

Asha this banana semifreddo look beautiful, georgeous pictures!!

Nusrat Azim said...

If the look of a dish catches my eyes and takes my breath, I'd eat that no matter what!
I must try this stunning, too-cute-to-be-true berry egg-less ice cream. (Staring at your food photos for an obscene amount of time might make me look like a stalker; but heck ! wish I could stare all day long!)

Asha Shivakumar said...

How lovely to read your comments and what you think about it means a lot. Thanks for taking your time to write beautiful things.

Shanthi said...

Delicious and lipsmacking :)

Asha said...

Lovely dessert!! Seems similar to pannacotta..

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