What will get nine ladies dancing? I’m sure there are many things but I can only think of one: alcohol. I can sing, I can act… but when it comes to dancing, I do best with alcohol. In fact, I might have been prancing about in my kitchen after the rum from today’s recipe. Which reminds me of a hilarious Holiday Fruitcake Recipe that I wouldn’t advice following. But if you do decide to follow the directions in that recipe, you might want to arm yourselves with some Ukon Power, a Japanese drink that helps prevent hangovers my friend raves about.
Inspired by dancing ladies and alcohol, today’s recipe is a boozy rum and raisin semi-freddo. Unlike ice-cream or gelato which are churned, semi-freddo (Italian for semi-frozen) is still-frozen. That means air must be incorporated into the mixture through folding in whipped cream or meringue before freezing. It also means that you won’t need an ice-cream maker to make this, just a good whisk and a few stainless steel bowls.
Rum & Raisin Semi-freddo
4 egg yolks
25g icing sugar
4 egg whites
500ml whipping cream
1. Soak raisins in rum overnight till plump. When ready to start, strain raisins and reserve rum.
2. Whip cream till medium-stiff peaks, then chill in the fridge until needed.
3. In a stainless steel bowl over a simmering pot of water (bain-marie), whisk egg yolks, sugar, icing sugar and rum until thick and pale.
4. Transfer sabayon (egg yolk mixture) into the bowl of a mixer and whisk on high for 2-3 min, then on low to cool while preparing meringue.
5. Whisk egg whites while adding sugar a bit at a time, until medium-stiff peaks form.
6. Fold whipped cream into meringue, then fold in egg yolk mixture (sabayon) and raisins.
7. Transfer into a container of choice and level surface with a palette knife. Freeze until firm, at least 4-6 hours.
If you missed out on past recipes in the 12 days of Xmas recipes series…
Eighth Day of Xmas: Pumpkin Panna Cotta
Seventh Day of Xmas: Profiteroles
Sixth Day of Xmas: Pavlova
Fifth Day of Xmas: Cardamom Rings
Fourth Day of Xmas: Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin
Third Day of Xmas: Creamy Chicken Pie
Second Day of Xmas: Turtle Bars
First Day of Xmas: Rustic Pear Galette