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My friends decided to give me their excess Meyer lemon which grow abundantly here in Marin in the winter time, I had so many lemons that I made lemonade and this semifreddo which became one of the most popular desserts at Il Davide’. Thank you Doris and Greg Ferrando and Laurel.

 ½ cup spiced “shelled” pistachios
 3 ¼ cups chilled heavy whipping cream
 2 ¾ cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
 7 large egg yolks
 ½ cup fresh Meyer lemon juice or regular lemon juice, from 2 lemons average
 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons finely grated Meyer lemon peel or regu- lar lemon peel
 ¼ teaspoon salt

Using electric mixer beat whipping cream in large bowl until soft peaks form.


Whisk 1¼ cups sugar, egg yolks, lemon juice, lemon peel, and salt in large metal bowl to blend. Set bowl over large saucepan of simmering water and whisk constantly until yolk mixture is thick and fluffy and instant-read ther- mometer inserted into mixture registers 170°F, about 4 minutes. Remove bowl from over simmering water. Using electric mixer, beat mixture until cool, thick, and doubled in volume, about 6 minutes. Fold in chilled whipped cream.


Transfer into 10 4oz. ramekins or desired containers and freeze for at least 4 hours. Serve with spiced pistachios, berries and aged balsamic vinegar as garnish. You can also serve this on a frozen Himalayan salt block.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size adfas

Amount Per Serving
Calories 2324Calories from Fat 2342
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 243g374%

Saturated Fat 243g1215%
Trans Fat 24g
Cholesterol 334mg112%
Sodium 34mg2%
Potassium 34mg1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.