Written by Chris
This is without a doubt one of my favorite desserts! An affogato is an espresso-based dessert that you’ll find on many Italian restaurants’ menus, as well as at cafes serving espressos. The full name is actually “affogato al cafe” or “drowned in coffee,” in Italian. This yummy concoction consists of a scoop of light ice cream with a shot of hot espresso poured over the top. I like to finish it with a dash of cinnamon. The bitterness of the espresso acts as a nice counterpoint to the sweet creaminess of the ice cream.
If you don’t have an espresso machine, double-strength brewed coffee can be used in place of the espresso in this simple affogato. Two great choices are Nespresso or Nescafé Dolce Gusto. For a nice touch, serve them in small glasses, demitasses or cordial glasses.
If you are making affogato for a crowd, here’s a great tip: to avoid scooping ice cream while your guests are there, scoop the ice cream onto a small, parchment-lined baking sheet, then place in the freezer until it’s time to assemble.
Related coffee dessert recipes:
Coffee Peanut Brittle
Iced Coffee Bundt Cake