Amaretto Affogato

November 11, 2010

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: When dining out, I have gotten into the habit of ordering an affogato for dessert, especially when I have had a rich meal and not quite enough room for a full-scale dessert. I think this would be a perfect ending to a celebratory Thanksgiving meal. NOTE: Ice cream should be made a day in advance to achieve best consistency and texture. This recipe makes about 6 cups of ice cream. - gingerrootgingerroot

Food52 Review: Gingerroot's recipe, to simply put it, makes one great ice cream. The flavors are in perfect balance and once married to the espresso, forget about it. Words are useless to describe the flawless harmony going on here. I can only offer this advise: run, don't walk, to your kitchens and make this. It's pretty much happiness in a cup.TiggyBee

Serves: 1


  • For Amaretto Ice Cream:
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, scored down the length with a sharp knife
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup Amaretto liqueur
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  • For Amaretto Affogato:
  • 1 scoop Amaretto ice cream
  • 1 hot shot of your favorite espresso (I used Stumptown Roasters Hair Bender espresso beans)
In This Recipe


  1. In a shallow heavy bottomed pan, melt butter over medium heat. Continue to cook butter – it should foam up a bit and then subside – until brown specks begin to form at the bottom. It should have a pleasant, nutty aroma. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, heat milk, brown sugar. Using a sharp knife, scrape vanilla beans into pan; cook mixture, stirring occasionally, to dissolve brown sugar and incorporate vanilla. Remove from heat.
  3. Beat egg yolks in a large bowl, gradually adding granulated sugar. You want the mixture to be thick and pale.
  4. Temper the egg mixture by ladling some of the warmed milk into the beaten yolks, whisking constantly.
  5. Slowly pour tempered egg mixture back into remaining warm milk, whisking constantly, and cook over medium heat until mixture becomes thick. Add browned butter, stirring to combine. Remove from heat.
  6. Pour heavy cream into a heat proof glass bowl or Pyrex measure. Using a sieve, strain custard into container with cream; stir to combine, add Amaretto, and stir again. Cover container with plastic wrap and transfer to refrigerator. Chill in the coldest part of your refrigerator for at least two hours, nesting the container in a larger bowl with ice cubes and a little water.
  7. When ready to make ice cream, pour chilled custard into bowl of ice cream maker. Continue to process, following the manufacturer’s directions. After 40 minutes, ice cream will still be quite soft. Transfer to a container and freeze for at least a day before using.
  8. To make affogato, serve one scoop of Amaretto ice cream in coffee cups or bowls of choice. Pour espresso over ice cream and enjoy.

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Reviews (15) Questions (0)

15 Reviews

BoulderFoodie April 15, 2011
I'm salivating just looking at the picture!! Can't wait to make it!
Author Comment
gingerroot April 15, 2011
Aww, thanks marymaryqc! I hope you enjoy it - I'd love to hear what you think!
AntoniaJames November 18, 2010
This looks so good! I bet it would be heavenly, too, when made with Frangelico. ;o)
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gingerroot November 20, 2010
Thanks, AJ! You are right, I bet Frangelico ice cream would be divine. Happy Thanksgiving!!
Author Comment
gingerroot November 17, 2010
Thanks nannydeb and ChezSuzanne! Let me know what you think if you try it.
TheWimpyVegetarian November 16, 2010
Wow!! Perfect dessert for me. And what a beautiful picture. Saved this one!
nannydeb November 15, 2010
Yum! This is exactly what I want after a huge turkey dinner!
SallyCan November 14, 2010
Thanks, Gingerroot. Like your photo too, with the doiley and the plate pattern, with the cool grey, warm tan, and just a bit of blue.
Sagegreen November 15, 2010
SallyCan November 12, 2010
Author Comment
gingerroot November 14, 2010
Thanks, SallyCan. Your pumpkin pudding looks really good!
natashak-s November 11, 2010
This looks beyond incredible, and the ice cream recipe is amazing!!
Author Comment
gingerroot November 14, 2010
Thank you Tash! I'd love to know what you think if you try it.
TiggyBee November 11, 2010
I love the look and sound of this!!
Author Comment
gingerroot November 14, 2010
Thanks, TiggyBee! This recipe makes quite a bit of ice cream so there is a lot to enjoy, with or without the espresso.