Coffee and chocolate semifreddo dessert

601px-Milk_chocolateThis sophisticated chocolate and coffee dinner party dessert will draw admiration from your guests. ‘Semifreddo’ just means ‘semi frozen’, and this dessert is so rich and creamy it should be served in small pots so as not to overface your guests.

It needs to be prepared at least 12 hours in advance, so it’s best to make it the night before required.

To serve 8 to 10, you’ll need:

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, coffee liqueur, coffee and orange zest. Place the white chocolate and 50ml of the single cream in a separate, heatproof bowl over a pan of boiling water, and stir until melted and smooth. Beat the double cream and sugar together until thickened, but not until fully whipped and stiff.

Carefully fold in the cream cheese and white chocolate, and beat until fully combined. Line 8 to 10 small glasses or ramekins with cling film – it’s nice to use glass dishes to show off the layers in the dessert. Divide the mixture between the dishes, cover with more cling film and freeze overnight.

About twenty minutes before serving, prepare the sauce. Put the dark chocolate, the remaining single cream and the chocolate liqueur in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, and heat until smooth and fully combined. Turn the desserts out onto plates, spoon the sauce over and garnish with mint leaves.

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