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Sweet and Sour Strawberry Semifreddo with Black Sesame

This Sweet and Sour Strawberry Semifreddo with Black Sesame is an Italian semi frozen mousse-like dessert with a Chinese influenced flavor twist. Adapted from Bon Appetit recipe by Alison Roman. Allow at least 4 hours to freeze for a firm, chilled, semifreddo.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Western
Keyword: frozen dessert, strawberry semifredo recipe, sweet and sour semifredo
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 364kcal
Author: Kevin Is Cooking


  • 1 lb fresh strawberries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cup heavy cream or whipping cream (See Note 1)
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp black sesame seeds


  • Trim the tops off the strawberries and cut into quarters. In a medium saucepan over medium heat cook the strawberries and sugar until the berries have broken down into a thick, chunky jam for 15 minutes. Time may vary on size of berries, sometimes water content increases time. Stir occasionally. Turn off heat, stir in vinegar and allow to cool.
  • In a mixer with chilled bowl, whip the heavy cream and salt until medium stiff peaks form. On low, or gently by hand, whisk the sweetened condensed milk and yogurt into whipped cream until all is completely blended.
  • Carefully add half the strawberry jam and fold until slightly mixed and streaking red. Add balance of jam and fold several times, keeping it somewhat chunky and marbled.
  • Transfer to a parchment-lined freezer-safe container (I used a meatloaf pan) and cover loosely with plastic wrap, then foil to help freeze. Four hours will make a firm, chilled, semifreddo. Use within 3 days.
  • In a small fry pan over medium heat toast the sesame seeds until fragrant. Allow to cool and sprinkle on top of scooped semifreddo before serving.


  1. Heavy cream has a higher fat content than whipping cream, coming in at 36%, while whipping cream is 30% fat. They both whip into homemade whipped creams, but whipping cream makes a lighter, fluffier version and and would also be perfect for this semifreddo.


Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 259mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 950IU | Vitamin C: 34.3mg | Calcium: 167mg | Iron: 0.8mg