Gluten Free Pomegranate Semifreddo Recipe

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by Carol Kicinski on January 3, 2009

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Gluten Free Pomegranate Semifreddo Recipe

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope your holidays were wonderful and that 2009 turns out to be all that you hope for and more.

I have not figured out what New Year’s Resolutions I want to make this year. Well, that is not entirely true. I figured out the ones I want to make but I didn’t think that start smoking, drink more coffee and quit exercising are the resolutions I ought to make.

One of my on-going resolutions is to simplify my life without giving up any wonderfulness.

This little Gluten Free Pomegranate Semifreddo Recipe fits right in with that resolution. It is essentially a no-churn ice cream. Semifreddo means “half cold” in Italian and as the name implies, it never freezes to the rock hard consistency that ice cream can. Whip up some pomegranate juice, confectioner’s sugar and cream, stick it in the freezer and in as little as 4 hours, you are eating ice cream! No churning, no fancy equipment, no returning to the freezer every hour to scrape itas with granitas. It is simple, simple, simple! And quite wonderful. And of course, it is gluten-free.

Gluten Free Pomegranate Semifreddo Recipe


¾ cup pomegranate juice
Juice of 1 lime
1 ¼ cups powdered sugar
2 cups heavy cream
Seeds from 1 fresh pomegranate – optional


Whisk together the pomegranate juice, lime juice and powdered sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add cream and whisk (either by hand or with a hand mixer) until soft pink peaks appear.

Spoon ice cream into a plastic or glass container with a snug-fitting lid, smooth it down to compact it and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Serve with fresh pomegranate seeds as a garnish if desired.


This Gluten Free Pomegranate Semifreddo Recipe serves 6

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jill elise January 3, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Oh, yum, this looks delicious, and what a beautiful photo!


Tiffany January 3, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Oh lovely! I am excited to try this one :)

Happy New Year!


Steph January 3, 2009 at 11:31 pm

Good luck with your new year resolutions! I like the simplifying w/out taking away from life one :)
and this dessert looks scrumptious! I will have to add pomegranate juice to my grocery list for tomorrow! And think of a brilliant dairy-free cream substitute! Mmmm, I can already taste it!


Peter G January 4, 2009 at 3:17 am

Are you kidding? Thats so easy! I’m getting onto this on the weekend! Happy New Year Carol and thanks for sharing this easy recipe!


Aran January 4, 2009 at 4:27 am

happy new year to you too carol! lovely semifreddo!


Malar Gandhi January 4, 2009 at 6:53 am

Awesome picture, very inviting recipe…


RecipeGirl January 4, 2009 at 8:16 am

Great way to use up POM juice. Looks lovely.

Happy New Year!


anudivya January 4, 2009 at 7:51 pm

What lovely pic! Just terrific.
Happy 2009 Carol.


Kalinda January 4, 2009 at 8:00 pm

:O (That’s me being amazed). Heh

That looks so good. And I can’t get over how easy that is. Take that all you people with ice cream makers!


The Peanut Butter Boy January 5, 2009 at 10:06 pm

It may be a bit cold outside now but I’m still down for some of this. Never had a semifreddo before but I’ve heard wonderful things and pomegranate seems like a good place to start.


Bellini Valli January 6, 2009 at 5:37 am

This sounds so refreshing and a great start to the New year!!!


Naomi Devlin January 6, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Sounds yummy! No resolutions for me this year, just gonna take it easy and try to swim with the tide for a change…. x x x


TrailGrrl January 6, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Oooh that sounds good. I love pomegranate. Good thoughts for resolutions. Although I was angry my first day back at work and got stressed out. I was used to being home for 2 weeks with the cats and hubby every day. This might take the edge off.



Mariposa January 9, 2009 at 1:46 pm

this look delish!!! happy belated new year! : )


Alisa January 10, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Yum! I wonder how that semifreddo would work with full fat coconut milk?


Mariposa January 12, 2009 at 2:01 pm

i made your semi-freddo : ) thanks for the idea!- and of course- linked back to you! it was delish!


taste memory January 21, 2009 at 7:53 am

that looks so creamy ~ so delicious! i luv anything with pomegranate one of my favorite fruits. you make everything look so easy….beautiful photograph too~


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