Strawberry and White Chocolate Semifreddo

Strawberry and White Chocolate Semifreddo One Perfect Mess easy summer recipe icecream ice cream no churn without machine fresh strawberries white chocolate chunk chip 1

Isn’t ice cream is one of life’s loveliest pleasures? If I had to choose one single dessert to eat for the rest of my life, I’d graciously wave away all the towering layer cakes, lavishly decorated tarts and labour intensive macaroons… and sit myself down with a spoon in front of a big bowl of ice cream. Or gelato. Maybe in a cone, depending on my mood. And now I have discovered something wonderful; this spectacular semifreddo recipe has the same silky smooth consistency as the best gelato, but it doesn’t require any fancy machines or hours of work. It’s quite simply delicious. This summer sensation is flavoured with fresh strawberries and white chocolate, and the result is a vibrant, rich and gloriously creamy ice cream for those of us who need a scoop or two at a moment’s notice. It’s also perfect for a pretty little Valentine’s treat… Enjoy!
P.S. Today just so happens to be the birthday of the fabulous friend who I made a tub of this ice cream for, so a sneaky but enormous Happy Birthday to my PA!!

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Strawberry and Chocolate Tart with an Anzac Biscuit Base

Strawberry and Chocolate Tart with an Anzac Biscuit Base Recipe One Perfect Mess 1

With Anzac Day approaching this Saturday, I thought I’d whip up this tasty little tart with all the egg yolks I had leftover from making swiss meringue buttercream last week! The crunchy, coconutty, buttery biscuit makes a wonderful base for the velvety chocolate crème pâtissière and fresh strawberries. Crème Pâtissière is a staple French custard equivalent, and it’s a little bit magical to watch hot milk, egg yolks, cornflour and sugar come together as you whisk to form a thick, silky cream. Traditionally flavoured with vanilla or chocolate, Crème Pâtissière can be used to fill tarts, cakes or eclairs, but is equally delicious on its own.

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Vanilla Spice Celebration Cake with Strawberries, Chocolate Ganache and Rosewater Frosting

Vanilla Spice Celebration Cake with Strawberries, Chocolate Ganache and Rosewater Frosting Recipe One Perfect Mess 6

So guess what? I’ve passed 1000 views on this little blog! This is a pretty big milestone for me, and I’m so excited to know that there are people out there who are enjoying what I bake and ramble about, and wondering what I’m going to throw out there next. I usually dapple in pretty simple ‘home-cook’ style recipes, but to celebrate I thought I’d go all out with something special. This beauty is composed of four layers of vanilla spice cake that are interspersed with layers of fresh strawberry mousse, then the whole thing is encased in rosewater Swiss Meringue Buttercream, drizzled with dark chocolate ganache, and covered in glazed strawberries and chopped pistachio nuts. Are you tempted yet?

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