Almond Nougat Semifreddo with Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce (Semifreddo al Torrone) Recipe

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  1. Set a bowl of ice water near the stove. Put the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl. With a whisk or electric mixer, beat until thick and pale yellow, 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly add the hot milk. Pour the mixture into a 1- to 2-qt. saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it's thick enough to coat a metal spoon and reaches about 165° on an instant-read thermometer, 4 to 5 minutes. Do not let custard boil or it will curdle. Remove from heat and set in bowl of ice water; stir often until cold. Stir in 1 cup nougat and the liqueur.
  2. Line a 5- by 9-in. loaf pan with a single sheet of plastic wrap, leaving overhang on all sides. Sprinkle the bottom first with remaining 1 cup nougat, then the 1/4 cup chocolate, spreading them evenly.
  3. In a bowl with clean beaters or a whisk, whip egg whites to stiff peaks. In a separate bowl, whip 1 1/4 cups cream to firm peaks.
  4. Pour custard over egg whites and fold in gently. Fold in whipped cream until no white streaks remain.
  5. Pour the custard mixture into the loaf pan. Cover with overhanging plastic wrap. Freeze semifreddo until firm, at least 6 hours or up to 1 week.
  6. For the chocolate sauce: In a small saucepan, bring remaining 1/2 cup cream to a simmer. Put the 1/4 lb. chocolate in a bowl and pour hot cream over it. Let stand until chocolate is softened, about 3 minutes, then whisk until smooth.
  7. Remove plastic wrap covering loaf pan. Put a platter upside down over pan. Invert and remove pan and plastic wrap. If you want to remove wrinkle marks, smooth them over using a spatula. Cut the semifreddo into 1/2-in. slices and place on dessert plates. Spoon chocolate sauce over and around it. Serve immediately.
  8. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving with 1 Tbsp. sauce.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1971.04 Kcal (8252 kJ)
Calories from fat 1023.17 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 113.69g 175%
Cholesterol 826.58mg 276%
Sodium 450.01mg 19%
Potassium 781.28mg 17%
Total Carbs 201.64g 67%
Sugars 133.72g 535%
Dietary Fiber 4.28g 17%
Protein 41.05g 82%
Vitamin C 2.1mg 4%
Iron 4.2mg 23%
Calcium 525.2mg 53%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 242.06 Kcal (1013 kJ)
Calories from fat 125.66 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.96g 175%
Cholesterol 101.51mg 276%
Sodium 55.27mg 19%
Potassium 95.95mg 17%
Total Carbs 24.76g 67%
Sugars 16.42g 535%
Dietary Fiber 0.53g 17%
Protein 5.04g 82%
Vitamin C 0.3mg 4%
Iron 0.5mg 23%
Calcium 64.5mg 53%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 48.1
  • 55

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium

Bad Points

  • High in Sugar,
  • High in Total Fat

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