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Semifreddo with Cola and Cherries

[Photograph: Anna Markow]

If you don't have an ice cream machine, you can still make wonderfully creamy semifreddo that is soft enough to scoop straight from the freezer. This recipe utilizes that technique to pair together semifreddo with cherries and a Coca Cola and Lambrusco sabayon.

Note: If you have a favorite Lambrusco, by all means use it. I used Riunite because it is easy to find, affordable, and not bad at all. You may have to adjust sugar levels if you use either a significantly drier or sweeter Lambrusco. I also recommend a cola made with real sugar. My absolute favorite is Blue Sky Cola, which is all natural and often available in health food stores, but Mexican Coke is what I used since it's much easier to find.

I also added a pinch of grated tonka bean to the cherries, but as it's not something most people keep in their kitchens, it's not necessary. A splash of vanilla and/or almond extract would help enhance the cherry flavor in a similar way.

Be very careful about the temperature of your sabayon when you fold it into the whipped cream. If it is any warmer than room temperature, it will likely cause the cream to separate. You can be sure it's cool enough while not losing any volume by transferring it to a stand mixer and whipping it for a minute or so.

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About the Author: Anna Markow is a pastry chef obsessed with doing things that no one else does and giving unusual ingredients their time to shine. You can follow her sometimes-pastry-related thoughts on Twitter @VerySmallAnna.

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