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Affogato (Ice Cream + Espresso)

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- Amanda

I grew up eating a bastard version of affogato, the Italian dessert that cleverly melds gelato and espresso. At night, I'd pour the leftover coffee from my parent's drip coffee maker over my ice cream. I liked the coffee-flavored ice shell that formed on the ice cream and the puddle of coffee milk in the bottom of the bowl. This caffeinated treat may also explain why, as a child, I was often up with my father watching ice hockey on TV late into the night.

Proper affogato has much more going for it. The mix of hot and cold, the bitter and sweet, and, of course, the fluffy cream cap that pools beneath the gelato.

This is the dessert that you want in your back pocket, ready for guests at a moment's notice. Keep a good stock of ice cream (a good life rule, generally), and I'm sure you have espresso or strong coffee around. If not, let's not discuss it. And spoons. Yes, you'll need spoons!


Serves 4

  • 1 pint vanilla gelato or ice cream (the good stuff!)
  • 4 long shots espresso

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

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Comments (12)


over 4 years ago midasw

Yes! Where can we find that pitcher? Writhing with jealousy!


over 4 years ago Amber

Love the pitcher too! Where can we find it?


over 4 years ago shortnmorose

Living in the LA - San Gabriel Valley we have the amazing Fosselman's ice cream next door. And one day I thought of pouring some delish french press coffee (no espresso machine sadly) right over their taro ice cream. I swear it was divine!

That Le Cube is definite eye candy.


over 4 years ago sdr1959

Love affogato. I make mine with a locally scourced vanilla ice cream and instant espresso. Yummy and easy for those of us without an espresso maker.

Add my to the list of spoon and pitcher lovers. Where can they be purchased?


over 4 years ago Sam1148

Sam is a trusted home cook.

We'd have ice-cream with Sanka (freeze dried de-cafe) on top.


over 4 years ago NM Expats

We love ours with chocolate ice cream, too! Great on a relaxed Friday evening!


over 4 years ago Lexmccall

I have always preferred an affogato with chocolate ice cream, which probably makes me a heathen or a philistine of some kind. A friend used to work at an ice cream shop/bakery called Sweet Daddy's in Wayne, PA, when we were in high school, and she'd make me one whenever I came by to visit. Very fond memories.


over 4 years ago cookinginvictoria

Love this -- one of my favorite desserts. And ditto about the pitcher -- so adorable!


over 4 years ago wssmom

I love the pitcher!!


over 4 years ago melissav

I'm experiencing major spoon envy.


over 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

me, too! How cute are those?!


over 4 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

I'd like to spend the rest of my life with that spoon.