Affogato is an Italian dessert that’s perfect for coffee lovers! It’s incredibly simple to make – just ice cream and coffee or espresso.
My love for affogato runs long and deep. It’s a dessert that is seemingly too simple to possibly deserve the strong devotion it has from food-lovers everywhere.
And yet, affogato does just that.
It’s the first spoonful of cold ice cream with still-hot espresso, down to the last bits, when all that’s left is luscious coffee-cream that just begs to be poured directly into your mouth so as not to waste a drop.
All of this from just two ingredients: ice cream and espresso.
What is affogato?
Affogato is an Italian dessert wherein you pour espresso over vanilla ice cream or gelato. The glass is chilled first to help keep the ice cream cold as long as possible.
You can also make an “affogato coffee” if you don’t have access to espresso at the time. Using a strong coffee, preferably made in a french press, is highly recommended.
Italian food is known for its simplicity. I was in Italy a few months ago and was playfully scolded at a cooking class in Florence because “pizza should never have so many ingredients”! But I’m an American, and an American who couldn’t resist all the delectable toppings available before me.
Still, when I tried other’s pizza made by those with more restraint, it was admittedly better than my loaded-up American version.
The lesson here is that Italians know good food, and they know how to keep things simple. Affogato is no different. Use high-quality ingredients without any fluff. Your taste buds will thank you for it.
What does affogato mean?
The Italian meaning for affogato is “drowned”. The dessert is therefore aptly named since you’re “drowning” ice cream or gelato in espresso.
How do you make affogato?
- First, be sure to chill your glass and make sure your ice cream is very cold. You don’t want the hot espresso to drown your ice cream too quickly.
- Don’t use too much espresso. The ratio of ice cream to espresso should roughly be one large scoop of vanilla ice cream to an ounce of espresso or strong coffee.
- Just as you want your ice cream to be very cold, be sure your espresso is very hot. Make it immediately before pouring over the ice cream or gelato for the best results.
Are there affogato variations?
The answer is technically no, at least none that are common. You could try adding chocolate shavings (just a very small amount, as in the photos), a small bit of caramel or even a bit of bourbon. Before you do that, though, take a lesson from the Italians and try their simple, authentic version first. You’ll likely discover that it’s perfect all on its own.
Some fun & functional gift ideas for the Affogato-lover in your life! [amazon table=”27318″]
- 1 large scoop vanilla ice cream or gelato, very cold
- 1 oz freshly-brewed espresso or very strong coffee
- Chill a glass, small bowl or mug until very cold.
- Scoop the ice cream into the chilled glass, then immediately pour the hot espresso on top.
- Enjoy with a spoon or slowly sip it.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 501Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 201mgSodium: 220mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 1gSugar: 48gProtein: 9g
This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.