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“Frozen” Pepitoria

From Season 9, Mexico—One Plate At A Time
Servings: 8


  • For the Pepitoria Candy:
  • 1 1/2cups sugar
  • 2cups toasted, salted peanuts
  • 1cuppepitas, toasted, salted (pumpkinseeds)
  • For the Peanut Semifreddo
  • 1 1/2cups heavy (whipping) cream
  • A generous 1/3cup extra smooth peanut butter (we like the Smart Balance brand)
  • 1/4cup sugar
  • A generous 1/2cup honey
  • 6 egg whites
  • A pinchof salt
  • Garnishes
  • 2cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4cup sugar
  • 1cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/2cup toasted, crumbled cacao nibs
  • 1cup store-boughcajeta or caramel


  1.  Making the pepitoria. In a medium saucepan set over medium high heat, combine the sugar and ¼ cup of water and simmer until the syrup begins to caramelize and turn a pale amber color. Remove from the heat (the caramel will continue to cook, turning a shade or two darker) and quickly add the peanuts and pumpkinseeds, stirring to coat them evenly in the caramel.  Spread out the candy on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat and allow it to cool and harden completely.
  2. Making the semifreddo. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the cream and peanut butter and beat on medium high until soft peaks form. Scrape into another bowl and refrigerate to thoroughly chill.In a medium (3-quart) saucepan set over medium heat, dissolve the sugar and honey in a scant ¼ cup of water. Boil the mixture until the syrup reaches soft ball stage (238 degrees on a candy thermometer).While the syrup is boiling, combine the egg whites and salt in a mixing bowl, preferably a metal one. Beat the egg whites on high until soft, but not dry, peaks have formed. With the mixer still running, slowly pour the hot syrup into the egg whites in 4 additions. Finally, keep beating the mixture until the bowl is cool to the touch and the egg whites are shiny and stiff.Remove the peanut butter cream from the refrigerator and gently fold one quarter of the cream into the sweet egg whites. Add the remaining cream in several additions, folding it gently after each addition. When it is completely mixed, scoop it into a loaf pan, cover and freeze for several hours.
  3. Prepare the garnishes and build the dessert. Roughly chop the pepitoria. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the whipping cream and sugar and beat until soft peaks form. (Refrigerate if you are not ready to serve the dessert.)When you are ready to serve, build each dessert: Use about two tablespoons of the chopped candy to make a bed on the plate. Top the candy with two scoops of the semifreddo. Dollop the semifreddo with a bit of whipped cream. Put 4 or 5 raspberries on the plate, and dust the whole dessert with cocoa nibs and some more pepitoria. Finally, finsh the plate with drizzle of cajeta.


  1. Dear Mr. Bayless I’m a 68 years old male who has been cooking from the young age of 9, I have been around food all my life my father and mother owned several restaurant. I love your tv show and have been as passionate about food as you are.Im looking forward to spending time in Oaxaca. With the hope of spending several months there. I wish you all the luck in the world with your TV show and I don’t miss one episode. Please keep up the work it’s well apparently. Truly your Angelo pappas

  2. Oh my gosh! I am so excited about this recipe for pepitoria! My mother used to make it when we were young children and we all loved it! All thirteen if us!! I just decided to google the recipe for pepitoria, and here yours is!! Thank you so much! Thank you Mr Bayless! We too, love to watch your shows! Happy New Year!

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