Cranberry & limoncello semifreddo recipe | Waitrose

This stunning dessert is perfect for Christmas entertaining as it can be made up to 1 month in advance and kept in the freezer.

  • Christmas


300g fresh cranberries
125g caster sugar
250g tub mascarpone
300ml Waitrose Seriously Creamy Madagascan Vanilla Custard
3-4 tbsp Limoncello liqueur (optional)
4 tbsp Waitrose Seriously Zesty Lemon Curd
½ Waitrose Madeira Loaf Cake
2 tbsp pistachios, chopped


1. Place the cranberries in a small pan with 100ml cold water and bring to the boil. Simmer gently for 10 minutes until the berries soften and become pulpy. Stir in the sugar and continue to stir until it has dissolved. Simmer for a further 4-5 minutes until the mixture has thickened, then remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

2. Line a 1kg loaf tin with clingfilm or a strip of baking parchment that covers the base and extends up the long sides. In a bowl, whisk together the mascarpone and custard, then whisk in the limoncello (if using) and 3 tbsp of the lemon curd. 

3. Spoon three quarters of the creamy mixture into the prepared loaf tin, then spread over the cooled fruit. Top with the remaining creamy mixture, then use a skewer to swirl and marble the cranberry mixture through the creamy layer. Smooth the top with the back of a spoon. 

4. Thinly slice the Madeira cake and spread with the remaining lemon curd. Arrange the slices, curd side down, over the top of the final layer. Freeze for 5-6 hours, or overnight. 

5. Remove from the freezer, dip the tin briefly into a tray of hot water and then turn the semifreddo out onto a board or serving plate. Allow to stand for 5-10 minutes, then scatter with the chopped pistachios and serve cut into slices.

Cranberry & limoncello semifreddo
  • Preparation time: 15 minutes. plus cooling and freezing
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 30 minutes, plus cooling and freezing

Serves: 8

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 1832.592kJ
Fat 28.1g
Saturated Fat 17.2g
Carbohydrate 41g
Sugars 32.4g
Salt 0.1g

per serving

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This recipe was first published in Wed Oct 02 15:05:00 BST 2013.