Affogato means "drowned" in Italian or
"drowned in coffee." It is a dish of perfect, preferably
smooth ice cream, drowning in a cup of espresso - like a decadent coffee
float! This is a traditional Italian espresso-based
dessert that you will find on menus of most Italian restaurants, as well
as cafes serving coffee drinks. You can easily make this coffee dessert at home
with your favorite coffee and ice cream or gelato.
Italian Affogato - Affogato al Caffe
Yields: 1 serving
Prep time: 15 min
Ingredients Per Person:
1 scoop good-quality vanilla ice cream or gelato*
1 shot (1 1/2 ounces) freshly brewed hot espresso or 1/3 cup strongly-brewed coffee
* You could substitute any
flavor of coffee you would like. Chocolate and coffee-flavored ice creams also taste great!
Brew the coffee according to the preparation
and strength of your desire.
In a small dessert glass or coffee cup, scoop the ice cream
or gelato. Pour the hot prepared coffee or espresso over the top of the ice cream.
Serve immediately - serve while warm and
melting. No need to stir, but you can serve it with a spoon if you'd like. The
ice cream will melt right into the coffee so it is good either way.
Add 1 shot of whiskey,
scotch, or your favorite liqueur.
Add a dollop of whipped
Makes 1 serving.