May 11, 2023 Restaurants
A deceptively simple dessert, Hugo’s semifreddo is smooth and silky; dreamy and indulgent, with lashings of quality olive oil that make you want to bathe in the stuff. The sprinkling of sea salt lifts the whole thing to stratospheric.
2 loaf tins
225g egg yolks (about 14)
340g castor sugar
5.5g gold gelatin (2.5 sheets)
200g crème fraîche
225g Lot Eight Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt to taste
Lot Eight Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Oil the loaf tins and line with Glad Wrap.
Weigh out egg yolks in bowl of stand mixer. Mix on high until they go thick and stringy.
Weigh castor sugar, glucose and water in a pot and put on a high heat. Bring to 121 degrees Celsius.
When sugar syrup reaches 121 degrees, drizzle it into the egg yolks while the mixer is on. Scrape it all in, leave it mixing on high until the mixture is cool to touch (up to 10 minutes).
Bloom the gelatin in iced water. Squeeze dry, melt in a hot pan, add to egg mix and beat on high.
Combine cream and crème fraîche in a bowl and whip to SOFT peaks. Do not overwhip; it will not work if it is whipped to hard peaks.
When egg mix is cool, fold it into the cream mix a third at a time.
Fold in olive oil a third at a time.
Season with salt.
Split between the two tins (approx 900g per tin).
To serve, chill plates in the freezer for five minutes.
Tip semifreddo out and cut into slices about 2cm thick.
Drizzle with more Lot Eight Olive Oil and sprinkle with sea salt.