Friday, April 13, 2012

vanilla berry semifreddo

ello people. ello blog. it's truly been a week.

yesterday, i went to the gym.

at this gym, i got on a treadmill and decided to race the guy running next to me.

rules of the competition: do not stop running until the guy next to me stops running and then i win.

sure enough, the guy i selected to race against turned out to be quite the runner.

no, i cannot stop. the only rule is that i need to win. i must ignore these side cramps and the urge to lay down on a floofy cushion.

and SO, i ran harder than i have since my athletic high school years and theN he stopped.
mission complete and I WIN.

after i won, i poured the rest of my water on my head and tried to avoid all 90 mirrors in the gym...
because, damn...human faces should not ever be so red.

but i was so proud that i awarded myself with another one of my made up games. this one is much better. i call it pillowfest.

rules of pillowfest: get into bed well before you plan on going to sleep. gather all the pillows and blankets you have access to. arrange them in the comfiest coziest way.

make sure you have your loosest fitting pants on. pull them way up.

then do some major self-indulgent multi-tasking. this tends to include:
1. my computer on top of a pillow on top of my lap.

2. a couple cookbooks, notebooks, and markers to my left.

3. a hot beverage and a snack. probably a sweet one.

4. remote swallowed up in the bed somewhere, and whatever bravo rerun on in the background.

good. great. everyone deserves pillowfest after a long week.

and even more if they've just won a big race against a stranger who didn't know about the race.

i also want some damn ice cream.

but this is not ice cream. this is a semifreddo. it's cold and frozen and creamy like ice cream.

but it's lighter. and more whippy.
and you don't need an ice cream maker! if you have eggs and cream and hands, you can make this right now. right on broheim!

have you ever put a tub of cool whip in the freezer and then got a spoon and attacked it?
this is just like that but better times 633784930.

Vanilla Berry Semifreddo
adapted from a cozy kitchen via donna hay

*use whatever berries or fruits you'd like, and add as much or as little as 
you prefer, the measurements are super adaptable!

3 eggs
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 pint raspberries
1/2 pint blackberries
salt and sugar, for purees

line a 2 quart loaf pan with parchment and pre-chill pan in the freezer. 

make the berry purees: place the raspberries in a food processor with a pinch of salt and a few pinches of sugar. process until smooth. spoon into a small bowl and set aside. then add blackberries to the food processor with another pinch of salt and sugar. process til smooth, scrape into another small bowl, and set aside. 

place eggs, egg yolks, vanilla, and sugar into a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (or a double boiler). attach a thermometer and beat either by hand or with a hand-held electric mixer, for 6-8 minutes, until thick and pale and 160 degrees F. remove from heat and beat for an additional 6-8 minutes or until cool. 
in a separate bowl, or bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat cream until stiff peaks form. gently fold cream into the egg mixture until well-combined. pour into the chilled loaf pan. 

spoon over about 1/4 cup of raspberry puree and 1/4 cup blackberry puree and use a spatula or knife to swirl it through the cream mixture. freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight before serving. 
slice to serve! can serve with the leftover fruit puree or plain. 

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