Happy coffee day everyone! For those of you who don’t know, an affagato is a type of coffee drink, and is made by pouring a shot of espresso over vanilla ice cream.
Sounds like an ice coffee? Well yes, but it’s not. Nothing is blended, it is not smooth, although it will eventually melt… it’s kind of like a grown up iced coffee, made from REAL coffee that slowly seeps into the vanilla ice ream. The coffee snob in me will rear up and slap you if you even consider making this with instant coffee…
It’s probably the combination of the coffee and the ice cream that lead most people to serve an affogato as dessert, that way, you don’t have to serve the coffee separately. And serving martini glasses full of creamy ice cream with a shot of espresso on the side for guests to pour over themselves is kind of pretty…
Traditionally, an affogato is just that, espresso and vanilla ice cream. However, the variations are endless. You can use flavoured coffee, you can add hazelnuts or slivered almonds to the ice cream, you can even use a different flavour of ice cream – white chocolate gelato actually works quite well. The real fun comes though when you turn this into an adult-only dessert, which you would then serve with an additional shot glass of amaretto, frangelico or cognac.
- 1 to 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
- 1 shot of espresso (30 mls)
- Place the scoops of ice cream into a martini glass, regular glass or bowl.
- Brew the espresso.
- Pour the espresso while it is still hot over the ice cream.
- Grab a spoon and enjoy.