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02Oct 12

Italian Classics – Affogato

AffogatoWhilst there’s really very little to preparing this exquisitely simple ice cream and coffee dessert; it’s one that I absolutely must share with you. The Italian classic –Affogato, is ridiculously easy to make and holds the essence of Italian intensity in its heart. You can taste the love in lots of simple Italian recipes, and this is no exception.

Strong mocha coffee is poured over vanilla ice cream, drowning it (as the translation of affogato suggests) and melting it under intense aromas. It’s a fabulous summer pick up in the afternoons, or as a refreshing dessert. Serve and enjoy it whilst the coffee is warm for a gorgeous combination of heat and ice, light and dark, bitter and sweet. You can make mocha coffee, keep the coffee pure, or add a generous splash of amaretto liqueur for an extra lick of Italian love.  If you’re feeling really adventurous, you could also make and crumble these almond and chocolate orange biscotti over the top.

The secret to the pleasure here is to use top-notch ingredients. Quality over quantity every time, I say.

Italian Classics – Affogato
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Serves: 2
 
Strong mocha coffee is poured over vanilla ice cream, drowning it (as the translation of affogato suggests) and melting it under intense aromas
Ingredients
  • 100ml just made strong and hot espresso coffee
  • 2 large round scoops of top quality vanilla ice cream.
  • A few squares of plain chocolate if you fancy it.
Instructions
  1. Make 2 espresso coffees as you would if you were serving them in little espresso cups.
  2. If you’re adding chocolate, break it into the hot espresso, let it melt and stir it in.
  3. Scoop a big round ball of ice cream into 2 serving glasses. Then ‘drown’ the ice cream with the mocha coffee.
  4. If you’re adding liqueur, do so now, and serve the affogato up whilst warm and melting. Oh my!

 

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About Gianluca Dievole

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Buon' giorno! Welcome to my Italian food blog. I am Italian, and proud of it! Italy has so much going for it: with one foot quite literally in the beautiful Mediterranean, my country’s climate and location give us an amazing cornucopia of ingredients, which is why our culture is steeped in a hearty romantic culinary tradition. My wife and I love our food, so all my recipes are designed for two. If you're cooking for an average sized modern family - perhaps not the traditional extended Italian family - just double the quantities.