12 February 2012

Affogato al Caffè


What am I doing? It's freezing outside and I am cooling myself more with ice cream?   Our ice cream consumption is not seasonal at home.  Even if it is below zero outside, my kids still clamor for some ice cream. It's contagious. My husband and I can't help ourselves from grabbing our own bowls too. The secret society of winter ice cream consumers convene. 


One of the simplest and best coffee dessert is affogato al caffe' (drowned in coffee).  Basically, you only need two ingredients, ice cream and espresso. If you have just those two, go ahead and drown your ice cream with the coffee and enjoy this delicious combination. You can frill it up with whipped cream, chocolate flakes, and cinnamon powder. Spike it with rum or brandy or any suitable liqueur. You then have a serious affogato al caffe' that needs your attention.

And tell me how good it is.  Enjoy!




Affogato al Caffè

Ingredients:
Yields 1 serving
  • 1 small cup of espresso
  • 1 - 2 scoops fior di latte or vanilla ice cream
  • cinnamon powder (optional)
  • chocolate flakes (optional)
  • mini amaretti cookies (optional)
  • whipped cream
Directions:
  1. Put the scoops of ice cream in a glass.  
  2. Pour the hot espresso on top.  If you don't want your ice cream to melt immediately, wait for your coffee to cool down a bit before pouring.
  3. Top with whipped cream, chocolate flakes, cinnamon powder or mini amaretti cookies.
  4. Serve immediately.



10 comments:

  1. This is my classic Italian favorite! But mine never looked this beautiful. Those mini amarettis look very good with it. Glen

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    1. Hi Glen! I think those mini amaretti biscuits are a great find. They're very good in garnishing. Thank you for dropping by!

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  2. Looks so delicious! It's freezing here too on the east coast of the USA, but no snow...all the more reason to have ice cream. :)

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  3. Hi Christine! The more, the merrier! Have some ice cream along with us! :-)

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  4. Affogato is one of my favorite desserts and I love your idea of adding amaretti biscuits, will try it next time for sure!

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    1. Hi Denise! I hope you get to like it. Thanks!

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  5. Hi Weng! Beautiful photos! When I make affogato, I like to add a splash of kahlua to mine :).

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    1. I never tried Kahlua but it does seem perfect with affogato al caffe'. I will try it next time. Thanks Tessa!

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  6. This looks beyond delicious! I'm one of THOSE too that eats ice cream in the dead of winter so I don't need to wait :) Like Tessa's suggestion of kahlua!

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    1. Kahlua seems to be really good with this There are two of you now! Isn't it nice to have ice cream at this time? It's nice to know that there are more of us. Thanks Deanna!

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