Strawberry Dream Cream


Recipe: Strawberry Dream Cream

Summary: A semifreddo. The dessert, which translates to “half-frozen” in Italian, can really refer to anything that’s been somewhat chilled or frozen, but this version, from New York restaurateur Donatella Arpaia, is stunningly simple.


  • 4 cups strawberries, hulled, plus more for garnish
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons orange liqueur, such as Tuaca, Grand Marnier, or Cointreau
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Fresh mint, cut into thin strips, for garnish (optional)


  1. Line an 8″ or 9 x 5 x 3″ loaf pan, if using, with plastic wrap and set aside.
  2. Combine the strawberries, sugar, and liqueur in the bowl of a food processor and purée. Reserve 1 cup. Pour the remaining purée into a large bowl. Whip the cream in another bowl using an electric mixer until soft peaks for when you lift the beaters out of the bowl. Fold the cream into the purée using a rubber spatula, working from the bottom of the bowl until there are no signs of cream left. Pour the mixture into the loaf pan, cover with plastic wrap, and freeze until firm, about 2 hours.
  3. Invert the semifreddo onto a serving platter. Remove the plastic wrap, and when slightly softened, smooth the top with a knife. Cut into 3/4″ or 1″ thick slices and garnish with strawberries, mint (if desired), and some of the reserved purée drizzled on top.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Freeze: 2 hour(s)

Number of servings (yield): 8

Recipe adapted from


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