Maple and hazelnut semifreddo recipe

Dessert Recipes Jun 9, 2022

  • Serves 8
  • 25 mins to prepare and 15 mins to cook, plus cooling and freezing
  • 366 calories/serving
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free


  • 125g whole blanched hazelnuts
  • 2 x 400ml tins full-fat coconut milk
  • 200ml pure maple syrup, plus extra to serve
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 3 tbsp cornflour
  • redcurrants or pomegranate seeds, to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6. Clingfilm the bottom of a 1kg loaf tin (21cm x 10cm).
  2. On a baking pan, roast the nuts for 6-7 minutes, or until they have darkened somewhat. Allow to cool before slicing in half. Set aside.
  3. In a heavy-bottomed pan, combine 1 tin coconut milk, maple syrup, and salt. Bring to a boil, then lower to a low heat.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk together the other tin of coconut milk and the cornflour in a mixing dish until no lumps remain. Cook for 4-6 minutes over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Stir constantly until the mixture thickens, using a spatula to prevent the bottom from burning or becoming lumpy. Remove the pan from the heat and place it in a large mixing bowl. Using a fine strainer, strain out any lumps. Allow to cool completely before using.
  5. In an ice cream maker, churn the mixture. If you don't have one, freeze it in a large, flat metal pan. After 40 minutes, combine the ice crystals with a fork. Repeat this process two or three times more until the mixture is almost frozen. Blitz in a food processor until smooth after the final freeze.
  6. Transfer the mixture to the loaf tin, push down, and smooth the surface with the back of a spoon, reserving 3 tablespoons of nuts. Return to the freezer, covered in clingfilm, until frozen.
  7. Remove 15 minutes before serving from the freezer. Remove the clingfilm and invert onto a plate. Finish with the remaining hazelnuts, fruit, and maple syrup drizzle. Slice and serve.


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